With teams across the NFL making beneficial moves left and right the Arizona Cardinals got into the free agency fun by signing former 1,00o yard rusher Rashard Mendenhall. This move made me shake my head as the Cards already have issues at the running back position in terms of durability and Mendenhall has struggled to stay healthy in years prior.
The team is only making a one-year commitment, however, I think the move shows just how inept the Cardinals are becoming. Running backs such as Reggie Bush and Shonn Greene were available, but the Cards turn to someone who is coming back from a torn ACL. It has to be pretty bad if a team in the bottom five in yards per carry lets Mendenhall walk–it’s obvious that Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh don’t see much in the former first-round pick.
After finishing the season on a 1-11 skid the Cardinals front office made a change at head coach by bringing in former Indianapolis Colts frontman Bruce Arians. The only hope that Arizona can cling to is if Arians, who was the offensive coordinator when the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Mendenhall in 2008, can squeeze something out of the running back. I still have questions as to why this team would take such an injury prone back when they already have Ryan Williams who has played in a total of five games in the last two years combined.
Beanie Wells and his injury issues are out of town, so why would you want to bring in someone who is rehabbing from a torn ACL?
Arians has already said he doesn’t want a running back by committee saying “one of them gets hurt you’ve lost half your committee or a third of your committee” which means an even bigger load for the Cards starter. Arians will have his hands full with Williams and Mendenhall especially after saying “I like guys who can play every down.”
Good luck Bruce.