The Cardinals have had enough problems with their quarterbacks this season that it has been very easy to overlook the fact that they don’t run the ball well either.
Beanie Wells gained four yards on three carries Sunday, just enough time for him to fumble the ball near his own end zone to hand the Bears a touchdown before getting benched. On Monday, Wells called his departure from the team “inevitable” once the season comes to an end.
“That’s my mindset,” Wells said, via the Arizona Republic. “I’m just going to go out there and put my best foot forward for all the 31 other teams that’s watching.”
Wells has 234 yards on 88 carries this season, a year that started slowly thanks to a slow recovery from a knee injury and came grinding to a halt during eight weeks on injured reserve with a toe injury. The 2009 first-round pick is under contract for next season, but he’s never really blossomed into the player the Cardinals hoped they’d be getting with that pick. With a good chance of a major change in direction offensively in the desert, it’s difficult to disagree with Wells’ read on his future with the team.
It’s just as difficult to see any of those 31 teams giving up anything of value for Wells, so release seems like the likeliest route out of Arizona.