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Beanie Wells looks for new start with Arians

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Near the end of the regular season, Cardinals running back Beanie Wells said that he was only concerned with putting good performances on film for the other 31 teams in the league because he was certain he wouldn’t be back with Arizona in 2013.

The situation looks a little different now. Coach Ken Whisenhunt, who benched Wells after a fumble in the game preceding those comments and with whom Wells never saw “eye to eye: this season, has been fired and Wells is singing a different tune about remaining with the Cardinals. He’s looking forward to a chance to show Bruce Arians and the rest of the new Cardinals coaches what he can do on the ice.

“I am excited about Coach Arians,” Wells said, via FoxSportsArizona.com. “I’ve never had a problem with going out and proving myself, but this couldn’t have happened at a better time for me. I think it’s a way for me to get a fresh start under a new coaching staff. It’s a chance to let them form their own opinions of me instead of going off of the past.”

Wells is signed for a bit more than $1.1 million in 2013, the final year on his contract, so money won’t be the thing that forces Wells out of Arizona. Wells will need to prove his worth to a team in transition on the field, though, because the performances he did put on film didn’t do him many favors this year.

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17 Responses to “Beanie Wells looks for new start with Arians”
  1. robinyount19 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:52 AM

    He’s only 24 and a year removed from a pretty good season. If the Cards don’t want him, we’ll take him on the Packers.

  2. cherubrock11 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:54 AM

    This guy is the definition of ‘expendable’

    Hope he’s been responsible w/ his money.

  3. rajbais says: Jan 26, 2013 9:56 AM

    Mendenhall could be in AZ next year.

    So the RB depth could be more loaded than one would think.

  4. george1859 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:57 AM

    He has to prove that he isn’t made of glass first.

  5. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:08 AM

    Vikings, Carolina, Jets, bears, san diego, new orleans, and many more teams will be in search of a work hoarse back. Too early for all this, how fair is it to go to the super bowl, all these teams get 2 or more weeks to focus for improvement! They finaly got the paridy fixed for sure!

  6. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Jan 26, 2013 10:25 AM

    This guy epitomizes the word SOFT. More like Bean Bag Wells

  7. uncletuna says: Jan 26, 2013 10:30 AM

    A gold plated turd is still a turd…

  8. hack0059 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:38 AM

    Vikings need a workhorse back? What are you talking about?

  9. hornyak2012 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:48 AM

    On the ice? Does he play hockey too?

  10. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:50 AM

    Peterson is great, wheres the contingency plan? Or do you think that Ponder could make it work without him again!
    that wasnt really a question

  11. gbrim says: Jan 26, 2013 11:45 AM

    Watched him his entire NFL career. Always injured, can’t break a tackle very often, neither shifty nor powerful (for his size), good straight ahead speed. In other words, a below-average NFL running back. Hope the Cards find enough RB talent (with or without a pedigree) to move on.

  12. heyzeus143 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:02 PM

    Hope you enjoy running without a fullback and pass blocking

  13. darksidecowboy says: Jan 26, 2013 12:42 PM

    I say let him play his ass off in a contract year, grab a veteran like Reggie Bush/Mendenhall, and let Beanie go after this coming season. He’s cheap, and we wouldn’t get much in a trade might as well get something out of him. Hopefully Ryan Williams can stay healthy and we’ll forget about Beanie.

  14. texastbones says: Jan 26, 2013 1:47 PM

    ‘He’s fragile…man’ – Jeffrey Lebowski

  15. slaughterrt says: Jan 26, 2013 1:54 PM

    Definitely would have a problem signing him long term until he can stay healthy. He is still young…and a slightly above average back when healthy. If he could lose the injury prone tag then maybe teams will be interested. I dunno if he needs to bulk up a little…or if he just needs to remember to take his vitamins. Good luck to him though.

  16. fordmandalay says: Jan 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    I hear the Cards offered him a contract extension, but he dropped that too. And got a paper-cut that put him on IR.

  17. rabiddog01 says: Jan 31, 2013 12:39 PM

    McD’s would not hire him because he can not rush and he falls down before he hits the line.

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