August 29, 2005

Rookie Benson agrees five-year deal with Bears

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - Chicago Bears top pick
Cedric Benson has finally agreed to a five-year contract, the
team said.

The running back is the final first-round pick in this
year's draft to agree to a contract. He is expected to sign a
deal worth about $35 million with between $17 million and $17.5
million guaranteed.

Benson missed four exhibition games and three weeks of
training camp. The Bears play their final exhibition game on
Thursday against the Cleveland Browns.

His contract talks had stalled over his insistence that he
be paid in line with the salary of last year's No. 4 overall
draft pick.