The Blues interim boss says that the 32-year-old has the "qualities" to succeed in football management.
"It is quite possible that John has the good qualities to become a manager," ESPN quotes Benitez as saying.
"I have had players in the past who have been big names, but they did not understand the game like him.
"He likes talking about tactics. He seems as though he understands and with the way he treats the young players and takes care of them."
Terry has been at Chelsea all his career.