Chris Perry should be the starter imo. The guy is healthy and ready to go, 1st round talent at RB who is young and can do it all on the field. I loved watching Rudi, but honestly it feels like there's a different Rudi in the NFL now and this guy can't even practice nevermind play - maybe age and workload completely caught up with him. I would go with Perry and have a talented receiving back Kenny Watson sub him some on passing downs.
I thought this might be Perry's contract year because Rotoworld said he signed a 5-year deal as a rookie, but Rotoworld and other sites also say he's signed through '09. That's a bit confusing, maybe the sixth year was voidable but obviously Perry didn't play enough to hit those marks. Anyway, he's got two years if not one year left on his rookie deal, give him the full shot and see if he's the guy for the future. You know he'll want to have a monster year.
Also, I was looking back at the 04 Draft and remembered that the Bengals could have had Steven Jackson if they didn't trade with the Rams
6) Cincinnati traded its first-round pick (No. 24) to St. Louis for the Rams' first- and fourth-round picks (Nos. 26 and 123). St. Louis selected Oregon State RB Steven Jackson with the No. 24 pick. Cincinnati selected Michigan RB Chris Perry with the No. 26 pick and Mississippi OT Stacy Andrews with the No. 123 pick.
Hmm, that additional pick was used to get Andrews. S-Jax is a beast though. What do you guys think?