Vikings signing veteran CB Bene Benwikere
The Minnesota Vikings have had issues at the cornerback position in the past couple of seasons. As a result, the Vikings were in the market for a cornerback and eventually landed on Bene Benwikere.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Minnesota signed Bene Benwikere. Benwikere has bounced around to different teams in recent seasons.
The Vikings were in need of cornerback help with injuries and suspensions to some of their guys in the secondary. Currently, Mike Hughes is on the PUP list recovering from an ACL injury. Besides that, Holton Hill is also suspended eight games to begin the season.
With Xavier Rhodes beginning to decline and the Vikings lacking depth, Benwikere could become an important piece in the secondary. For Benwikere, he’ll need to seize the opportunity during training camp to remain on the roster.
Benwikere began his career with the Carolina Panthers in 2014 and spent three seasons with them. Although, Benwikere is remembered as the player who allowed 300-yards to Julio Jones and was then cut a few days later.
Although, Benwikere was credited with allowing 220 of Jones’ 300 yards in a game against the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. Since then, Benwikere has spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Oakland Raiders, and Dallas Cowboys.
In the past two seasons, Benwikere has only started in eight games. Benwikere started in eight games with the Cardinals in 2018 before being cut and signed by the Raiders.
Mike Zimmer realized there have been issues in the secondary in recent seasons. The Vikings are hoping that Benwikere can provide some help in the secondary in his sixth season in the NFL.