Arizona Cardinals Cut Beanie Wells, Leaving Team Pathetic at Yet Another Position

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The Arizona Cardinals cut running back Chris "Beanie" Wells on Monday, which tells the world that the quarterback position isn't the only severe problem with the team's roster.

Wells, the Cardinals' number-one pick in the 2009 draft, was injured and injured often during his stint with the team, and his departure doesn't exactly leave the Cardinals with a lengthy highlight reel from the backfield.

That's not to say the Cardinals weren't pathetic at the running-back position with Wells -- the team was last in the NFL in rushing yards last season -- but the remaining RBs on the roster are LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell, Alfonso Smith, Ryan Williams, and Javarris James.

James, in his first pro season last year with the Colts, averaged 2.4 yards per carry. He's suspended for the first four games of this year for failing a drug test.

Smith didn't get a single carry last season.

Stephens-Howling will become a free agent at some point today, reports the Arizona Republic.

Williams wrecked his Achilles tendon in the preseason of the 2011 season, and missed the whole year. He managed to make it five games into the 2012 season -- with 2.8 yards per carry -- before blowing out his shoulder, and missing the rest of the season.

Powell gained 216 yards in 59 attempts last year, perhaps making him the Cardinals' number-one running back, at the moment.

There are reports that the Cardinals are interested in Reggie Bush, and as you can imagine, the Cardinals aren't the only team interested in him.

Bush, like Wells, has just one thousand-yard rushing season in his career -- although Bush has a decent amount of receptions -- and has also been plagued by injury in his career.

This is how Cardinals seasons are made, folks.


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thriftyrocker
thriftyrocker

How can both the writer and editor for a Phoenix paper not know the correct injury Ryan Williams suffered in 2011?

squash
squash

Wells was good, he was just too injury prone. Hopefully, this ends up working out in our favor and we pick up somebody who is bad ass.

Aaron Sanchez
Aaron Sanchez

Really?! Wells basically spent 60% of his career with us on the bench injured. Sucks to lose him but a change was needed.

Alvaro Real Navarro
Alvaro Real Navarro

Cardinals suck even asu I think can beat them . See y next year it's over

James Rate-McIntyre
James Rate-McIntyre

The team is making it very obvious that they want Johnny Football with the #1 pick in 2014. This season is a wash, folks. See you next year.

Joe Kennedy
Joe Kennedy

The Vatican because the Az cardinals aren't known to screw children.

Mark Trollinger
Mark Trollinger

Who is going to have a worse draft Vatican Cardinals or Arizona Cardinals?

Sam Beckett
Sam Beckett

There's more Broncos fans in AZ than Cards fans...

Jim La Rose
Jim La Rose

Yeah, not sure if they're really any more pathetic now.

Kel Williams
Kel Williams

News flash: Cardinals were just as pathetic with Wells on the team.

Justin Swanson
Justin Swanson

wells avg'd 600 yards a season over his career... and people are upset by his release? Couldn't stay healthy and when he was healthy he couldn't produce. Time to move on...

RobAZ
RobAZ

Even with Wells their running game was pathetic.  But then, since Wells has been out for one reason or another throughout the majority of his time with the Cards I guess that wasn't really his fault, was it?

This is one of the better moves they've made.  Now maybe we can get an RB that can last more than 3 or 4 games a season.  Of course, without a QB who can hit his receivers, receivers who can reliably catch the ball (save #11) and an O-line to create space we'll still be dealing with a pathetic running game.

squash
squash

@RobAZ Agreed, if were going to talk about getting new RBs, the problems with our offensive line need to be addressed too. 

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@RobAZ "and an O-line to create space we'll still be dealing with a pathetic running game"  You said it all right there - and the same applies to the QB.  Without an O-line we can have the best QB in the NFL and it won't do much good without having the time needed to throw the ball.

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