There’s an obvious move the Chicago Bears need to make this week.

On Monday, the Arizona Cardinals surprisingly released second-year running back Eno Benjamin.

Benjamin did a nice job for the Cardinals feeling in for James Conner. The former Arizona State standout has averaged 4.3 yards per carry this season. His best game came against the New Orleans Saints when he carried the ball 12 times for 92 yards and added four receptions for 21 yards.

While I don’t think Benjamin is a future Pro-Bowler, he’s displayed that he’s a capable NFL running back.

And that’s something the Bears could use….next season.

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Oct 30, 2022; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Eno Benjamin (26) runs with the ball against the Minnesota Vikings in the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Running back David Montgomery is set to be a free agent after the 2022 season. The emergence of Khalil Herbert combined with the Bears going through a major rebuild makes it very likely that Montgomery won’t be back in Chicago in 2023.

The Bears just have too many other areas where they need to improve. Using salary cap space for a Montgomery extension doesn’t seem wise.

Claiming Benjamin would give the Bears a solid backup option to Herbert. He’s also cheap (and he can return kicks).

Not only would claiming Benjamin give Chicago a cheap but reliable backup, but it would also save the Bears from having to use a draft pick on a running back.

If Chicago wants to make the best possible use of its salary cap space, they need to try to claim Benjamin.

This wouldn’t be a move that generates a bunch of headlines, but it would be a savvy move as the Bears continue their rebuild.

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