There really are some great guys in the NFL. One of them is Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer. Back on March 9th Dwyer, along with several other Steelers restricted free agents, were given their tender offers. As a restricted free agent, Dwyer was offered a one year contract that would pay him roughly $1.3 million, and if another team wanted to sign Dwyer they would have to surrender their 6th round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
When some players are given this sort of tender, they will wait. Wait and gauge possible interest in them, wait and gauge the possibility of a long term contract. But in the end most every restricted free agent signs their tender at some point, and very rarely are they signed away from their team. Today, the day before free agency technically begins Dwyer went ahead and signed him tender, wasting no time in assuring the Steelers and their fans he is committed to being a part of this team.
My take: Dwyer is the present for this team. He might not be a long term solution at running back and he might never be an All-Pro, but Dwyer showed last season that he can carry the lion’s share of the workload at times, and can be very productive. The fact that he already signed his tender is just an extension of just what a good guy he is. I don’t care if he’s not the next Jerome Bettis. He’s a good football player and a good guy and wants to play for the Steelers. You know a player like him is going to strap on his helmet and go hard every week. Give me a team full of guys like that.