Two months after allowing running back Mike Goodson to walk, the Oakland Raiders still seem to be looking for a replacement to back up starter Darren McFadden. Although no official statement was released by the Raiders regarding the situation, former Cincinnati Bengals back up running back Bernard Scott visited the Raiders for a work out yesterday.
Scott, who tore an ACL last year and was placed on injury reserve in October, was released by the Bengals this offseason and is currently looking for a new home. The Raiders brought Scott in to run some drills and make sure his knee is properly recovered. All going to plan, the Raiders will sign Scott to the back up role in their backfield.
Scott is also expected to meet with the Bengals today or tomorrow before making his decision on what team to sign with. Although there will be no decisions made for a few days, it seems that it would be in Scott’s best interest for him to move on from the Bengals.
The Bengals have made it quite clear that they will be drafting a running back in this year’s NFL Draft, and the current consensus is that they will be drafting North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard with the 37th pick of the Draft. Although Scott could stay and fight for his position on the team, there would be a greater role for him in Oakland, especially considering starting running back Darren McFadden has not played an entire season in his five-year career.
Scott ran for 1,035 yards and four touchdowns during his four years with the Bengals.
Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer. Follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88