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Jonathan Dwyer signs tender with Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer was scheduled to become a restricted free agent on Tuesday.

The Steelers placed an original round tender on Dwyer (a sixth round pick in 2010) worth $1.323 million that would have allowed him to test the market with the Steelers getting the right to match any offer sheet.

Dwyer instead didn’t feel the need to test the waters and elected to sign his tender Monday according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Dwyer apparently didn’t want to wait and instead wanted to prove a point by remaining in Pittsburgh. With Rashard Mendenhall’s future with the team in doubt, Dwyer could see a consistent role with the Steelers next season.

Dwyer appeared in 13 games and made six starts along with Mendenhall and Issac Redman in the Steelers backfield. He carried the ball 156 times for 623 yards and two touchdowns in 2012.

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11 Responses to “Jonathan Dwyer signs tender with Steelers”
  1. dangernearing says: Mar 11, 2013 11:52 PM

    Superbowl.

  2. trevor123698 says: Mar 11, 2013 11:54 PM

    I’m not a steelers fan but I did see about 3/4 of their games last year with the NFL rewind and from what I saw he was the name that stood out to me for fantasy purposes. I figured all year that he might be a nice late round pick up depending on how the offseason plays out. Even if they bring in a rookie Dwyer looks to at least play a similar role to what he had last year if not quite a bit more.

  3. ncm42 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:03 AM

    Best RB on PITT’s roster.

  4. dirtyharry1971 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:29 AM

    Its going to be a real treat watching the steelers over the next few years, this is clearly a team on the decline and its about to get worse before it starts getting better.

  5. jeffa43 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:43 AM

    Ground and pound… D and ball control.

    Looks like a long year for Afc north.

  6. engymass2 says: Mar 12, 2013 1:31 AM

    This is going to be an interesting year for the Steelers; either the team as a whole is going to lose big, or win big. Won’t be any grey area.

  7. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:14 AM

    Future Hall of Famer.

  8. ravenator says: Mar 12, 2013 7:39 AM

    Awful decision. To play for a losing team and be underpaid? To each their own I guess. He fix that fumbling problem yet?

  9. clashpoint says: Mar 12, 2013 9:25 AM

    When the line was at it’s best, he was a really good back. After injuries took a toll, not so much. I think he’ll have a pretty good year, as the steelers offensive line looks like it could be special this year. With two #1s and two #2s, there is not a better collection of young talent in the league.

  10. stillers1229 says: Mar 12, 2013 10:37 AM

    You guys crack me up. Losing team? We have a franchise QB and the #1 Defense! That makes every season have great possibilities. Also, Ravenator… your team was a few plays from being 8-8 as much as our team was a few plays from being 12-4. So goes the NFL. I can’t wait to hear your mouth next year when your team falters after losing Boldin, Kruger and Ellerbe. Can’t wait!!

  11. drunkshortbusmunkeys says: Mar 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    Good for Dwyer, he is showing the coaches/upper management he wants to be the guy. Lets hope they listen and give him the chance. When he was healthy and getting “starters carries” last year he had I think 3 straight 100 yard games. For whatever reason Todd Haley felt the need to give every running back on the roster his “fair share” of carries and no RB was able to get in the groove of the game. When you are only giving the RB 10 carries a game it is difficult for any RB to be consistent. Look at DeAngelo Williams in Carolina,guy either runs for 100 yards or 4 but he get 10-12 carries a game. If the OL stays healthy and the coaches commit to this kid, he could be in for a breakout season. Has quick feet, if they go to the zone blocking scheme they are talking about going to his one cut mentality could lead to 1500 yards rushing.

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