Bears Waive Benson After Latest Austin Brew-haha

ESPN’s John Clayton reports that the Bears have had enough of Cedric Benson, as the team finally waived the troubled running back on Monday.

Cedric Benson smiling mugshot

(Cedric’s not smiling today)

The Monsters of the Midway figured they didn’t need the monster headache Benson was becoming, after Cedric was charged with a DUI last Saturday - his second arrest in less than a month, but his first on land.

Maybe the Bears would have been more forgiving had Benson been a better player. Read more…

49ers Won’t Pan For Gold In 5th Round Of Draft

San Francisco cornerback Tarell Brown, drafted in the 5th round of last year’s NFL draft played in nine games and made two tackles. That’s the kind of output the Niners can expect to miss next year, when their 5th draft is yoinked away by Roger Goodell as penance for tampering with Bears linebacker Lance Briggs.

Lance Briggs and the 49ers caught tampering

(Next time, use more discrete duct tape.)

The 49ers were at fault for contacting Briggs’ agent Drew Rosenhaus during the 2007 season (a crime in 13 states by itself) while Briggs was dangling a franchise tag from his torso. This is apparently a rule or something. Read more…

Everybody Is Handing Out 6-Year Deals

Lance Briggs last year claimed he’d never play again for the Bears after they slapped the franchise tag on him. Now he may never leave. Yesterday, Chicago re-signed the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker to a 6-year deal.

Lance Briggs Chicago Bears

Why exactly is the 6-year deal the magic number this offseason? Asante Samuel? 6 years with the Iggles. Jerry Porter? 6 years to the Jiggywires. Jeff Faine? 6 years to the Bucs. Madieu Williams? 6 years to the Vikes. (For $13 million guaranteed!?) Bernard Berrian? 6 years to the Vikes. Seriously, Minny, what gives?
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Michael Jordan High On Life; Stephen Jackson Peace And Guns Tattoo

• LION IN OIL has photogenic samples of His Mighty Airness enjoying his air a little too much:

Michael Jordan stoned

• At least it wasn’t steroids: 411 MANIA makes a wrong turn to the ring, as former WWE star and current TNA wrestler Kurt Angle was arrested for drunk driving.

• DEADSPIN isn’t so high on a college backup back who planted some plants in a teammate’s dorm room - and we ain’t talkin’ begonias.

• YAHOO! has the ink on the new tattoo for Golden State’s Stephen Jackson: a pair of praying hands holding a gun:

Tattoo praying hands gun

• PRAY FOR MOJO knows the Yankees are looking good for the post-season, as A-Rod makes a pre-playoff salon visit.

• Speaking of Lucky 13, PART MULE keeps an eye out for the stork, as Mr. & Mrs. Rodriguez are expecting kid #2.

• Meanwhile, 100% INJURY RATE wish they used better protection, as Lance Briggs’ baby mama is suing the Bears LB - but for what, they’re not quite sure:

Lance Briggs Chicago Bears

• DC SPORTS BOG turns off the tube, as many Redskins on their bye week passed on watching any football at all.

• RANDBALL sips up news that Andy Roddick wants you to drink him all in, as the tennis star is shilling a new sports beverage.

• BRUINS NATION takes offense to the play calling of UCLA coach Karl Dorrell:

Utah UCLA football

• WITH LEATHER gives a toast to the mayor of Boston, as he asks Red Sox fans and alcohol providers alike to drink and sell responsibly.

• THE SPORTS HERNIA gets in shape, as they check out some NBA training camp routines.