It appears that the five seasons in the Steel City has run its course for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall. After an injury-filled 2012 season that was accompanied with inconsistent play and problems with superiors, I think it’s safe to say that Mendenhall won’t be wearing black and gold in 2013.
The one good thing that Mendenhall has going for him is the fact that he will be 26 years old at the start of the season. His young age will draw some interest from quite a few teams.
One team that may go after Mendy is the Denver Broncos. Any player that is added to the Broncos’ roster will benefit from being a part of one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl next season. In addition to that, Mendenhall could possibly split time in the backfield with running back Willis McGahee, and be a great complement to Peyton Manning and Denver’s passing game.
Another team that I think will be a good fit for Mendenhall is the Arizona Cardinals. If Mendy goes to the desert, he’ll be reunited with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who was Mendenhall’s offensive coordinator in Pittsburgh for four years. However, Arizona seems to be interested in Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush.
If the Cardinals end up signing Bush, then that could lead Mendenhall to the Dolphins to fill a potential void in Miami’s backfield.
The near future for Mendenhall is still uncertain. However, we can say without a doubt that his future won’t be in the Steel City.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google