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Cardinals sign Rashard Mendenhall

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Former Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall is heading to Arizona.

The Cardinals signed Mendenhall to a one-year contract, agent Mike McCartney wrote on Twitter.

The 25-year-old Mendenhall was a 2008 first-round pick of the Steelers, and he showed promise when he became the starter in Pittsburgh in his second season, toping 1,000 yards in both 2009 and 2010. But Mendenhall fell out of favor with the team in 2012, fumbling too much, losing his starting job and clashing with the coaching staff.

Now Mendenhall will be reunited with Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, who was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator in Mendenhall’s first four seasons in Pittsburgh. In Arizona, Mendenhall will compete with Ryan Williams for the starting job. The Cardinals were also interested in signing Reggie Bush, but when Bush went to Detroit, the Cardinals acted fast to ink Mendenhall to a contract.

The Broncos were also interested in acquiring Mendenhall, but Denver will have to look elsewhere to fill its running back needs.

Mendenall is the No. 56 player in our Free Agent Hot 100.

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41 Responses to “Cardinals sign Rashard Mendenhall”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 13, 2013 1:59 PM

    I’m glad my team is wise and builds thru the draft by drafting championship caliber talent like Robert Griffin, Alfred Morris, Ryan Kerrigan etc. Learn to do it the right way Zona.

  2. flavordave says: Mar 13, 2013 2:01 PM

    this is a cute little move for the Cardinals. I wish them well. I just don’t see how they can compete against the Philadelphia Eagles with this move. They need to fortify their defence against Chip Kelly’s intricate offense.

  3. drinkdabeers says: Mar 13, 2013 2:01 PM

    Nice addition.

    Now about that QB position….

  4. navysully says: Mar 13, 2013 2:01 PM

    Hopefully he can be a good contributor. He has the run style that Arizona needs. If he does well, he can get paid next year. I think it works well for both him and the Cardinals.

  5. steelerdynasty2010 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:01 PM

    This makes me smile

  6. Sackville Rc says: Mar 13, 2013 2:02 PM

    Nice pick up. All they need now is a QB and a O-Line. At least they are headed in the right direction.

  7. Steeley McBeam says: Mar 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    The irony of a Redskins fan talking about building through the draft haha. You have been doing that for all of 2 years, which is where each of the picks you mention came from. Thats not building.

    Anyways, this is a “show me” deal. As in, show me you can hit the hole and hold onto the ball and well give you some more money next year. I think Mendy would have had a much better season with Pitt this year than he has in the past with the new blocking scheme and upgraded line that knock on wood can stay healthy.

    Unfortunatly, he wore out his welcome with the Steelers for the reasons mentioned above plus his strange behavior off the field. I loved the pick when they made it but hate it now. Could have gone either way. I think the turning point was when Ray broke his shoulder. He never seems comfortable after that. I can see him becoming a good RB but I’m not upset about losing him.

  8. jtm12180 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:04 PM

    Thank you Cardinals for continuing to entertain me as Steelers West. Apparently multiple seasons with Mendy didn’t convince aarians that he’s a headcase…

  9. steeler1nation says: Mar 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    Yay! as a Steelers fan

    Bring in Beanie Wells!

  10. losntina69 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:05 PM

    LMAO you go from possibly signing with the Broncos to signing with the Cardinals lmao. NICE

  11. Stiller43 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:06 PM

    Thank god he’s outta pittsburgh!!!

  12. bigboi30 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:08 PM

    My good can logical voice and flavor come up with anything original? Its the same comments they put on everything. I’m sorry the redskins and eagles are irrelevant and won’t make the playoffs for years to come but your comments make you irrelevant for years to come. Everyone knows you are trolls and we laugh at your idiotic comments but now we loose ingest cause you can’t come up with anything original.

  13. firestarter0728 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:
    “I’m glad my team is wise and builds thru the draft by drafting championship caliber talent.”

    ——————————-

    You’re obviously referring to the Green Bay Packers.

  14. Deb says: Mar 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    Mendenhall played a large role in getting my Steelers to the Super Bowl in 2010, and had one of the lowest fumble rates in the league. Unfortunately, most fans focus only on the costly forced fumble in the Super Bowl. That, along with off-field missteps and injuries, derailed him in Pittsburgh. Now he has an opportunity to dump the baggage and start fresh with a coach who knows him. He could prove to be a tremendous asset for Arizona, and I wish him all the best.

  15. beardinals says: Mar 13, 2013 2:09 PM

    Quality pickup. 1 year deal makes it nice to keep options open. I hope they keep the fullback Sherman as a power runner.

  16. theauger says: Mar 13, 2013 2:10 PM

    I’m glad my team is wise and builds thru the draft by drafting championship caliber talent like Robert Griffin, Alfred Morris, Ryan Kerrigan etc. Learn to do it the right way Zona.
    ____________

    Mentally challenged are we?

    Fitz, DWashington, & Peterson have accomplished more than any of those players. How is that for drafting talent? Btw, which team has been in SB recently? Hint: it wasn’t the Redskins.

  17. steelersnowand4ever says: Mar 13, 2013 2:12 PM

    What, no comments from the Ravenator???? I’m disappointed in you!!!!

  18. lebronjamesisthegoat says: Mar 13, 2013 2:13 PM

    Not sure why he and Denver didn’t get together. Arizona is where RBs go to die.

  19. psilenttype says: Mar 13, 2013 2:18 PM

    Not a bad deal since its only a 1 year contract but seems like Arizona will never get the RB angle right! Maybe new coach will fix past tragedies at the osition

  20. blackngold4life says: Mar 13, 2013 2:23 PM

    Mendy had 2 1,000 yard seasons..he was hurt his rookie year broken Collar bone..Then the knee late 2 Years ago he was 200 or so away from 1,000 and last year he only had 57 carries. Don’t care who’s really runnin the ball on Pittsburgh its gona be hard yo put up numbers with that ” Running Back by committee bull crap and a patchwork. O-Line every year.

  21. paulsaddy says: Mar 13, 2013 2:26 PM

    As a Denver fan, I was skeptical about that one. We needed a power back for short yardage situations. He was close, but didn’t quite fit the mold. Add in the injuries, off the field problems, fumbling and he just doesn’t quite seem what we were looking for. I’m glad he didn’t sign. I know Elway is looking for someone younger and cheaper, but I hope he takes a look at Steven Jackson now. He seems more appropriate.

  22. fhuizar says: Mar 13, 2013 2:27 PM

    Nice move for AZ

    I’d rather give Mendenhall a 1 year deal

    then give Bush more money and more years

    If Mendenhall can return to 2010/11 level it’d work out great.

  23. blackfoot11 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:27 PM

    Steelers West continues on with Arians….

  24. fhuizar says: Mar 13, 2013 2:28 PM

    and 2009 level**

  25. dwoofer says: Mar 13, 2013 2:32 PM

    I wonder if he has texted his buddy Osama with this news.

  26. cardinalsfan87 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:39 PM

    Great signing. If he plays well u give him an extension, if not your only on the hook for a year. Now sign maualuga and Cason and deaft a qb and suddenly your a lot better all around.

  27. mwatts1 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:41 PM

    @ logicalvoicesays:

    1)Deion Sanders
    2)Jerimiah Trotter
    3)Bruce Smith
    4)London Fletcher

    Your team doesn’t build through the draft. The Redskins are a laughing stock of free agent signings… Nice try though.

  28. rondayne33 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:46 PM

    *yawn*

  29. losntina69 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:48 PM

    Mentally challenged are we?

    Fitz, DWashington, & Peterson have accomplished more than any of those players. How is that for drafting talent? Btw, which team has been in SB recently? Hint: it wasn’t the Redskins.
    ——————————————————
    Are you serious lmao, what because you went to the superbowl 5 years ago. Then blew up the team and killed Fitzgerald’s career, and now your doing the same to Peterson and Calais. ha ha ha I guess drafting Tent Williams, Kerrigan, Orakpo and RG3 really arent nothing, you might be right…lmao

  30. losntina69 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:49 PM

    @ logicalvoicesays:

    1)Deion Sanders
    2)Jerimiah Trotter
    3)Bruce Smith
    4)London Fletcher

    Your team doesn’t build through the draft. The Redskins are a laughing stock of free agent signings… Nice try though.
    ——————————————————

    Did you also hear about what happened to president lincoln??? I mean since you keep living in the past. That was the Vinny era this is the new era.

  31. thingamajig says: Mar 13, 2013 2:52 PM

    Mendenhall = Beanie Wells 2.0

  32. fhuizar says: Mar 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    @losntina69

    Redskins get to 1 playoff game in more than a decade and they’re a dynasty through the draft…

    but your HC knew your qb was hurt and blew out his knee

    remember not everyone can be adrian peterson…

    good luck in 2013

  33. jeffa43 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    His personality and play was no longer welcome in the Burgh. Keep trimming the fat and sign Keenan!

    Have a feeling we have heard the last from Raventator…. When Steelers go to the Super Bowl, we keep going for a while with a team we built from within.

    Balt new their trip was a fluke, and quickly dismantled.

  34. andymc58 says: Mar 13, 2013 2:53 PM

    Get ready for the Medenhall repitiour of moves: the spin move, the spin move, and the spin move and fumble.

  35. guinsrule says: Mar 13, 2013 2:55 PM

    Scratch a Cardinal and you’ll find an ex-Steeler.

  36. blackfoot11 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:02 PM

    @ mwatts1…Any ‘Skins fan not named @logicalvoice would agree that the Snyder/Cerrato run ‘Skins did not build through the draft. But the three years of Shanny/Allen has yeilded 30 picks in the last three drafts, of which 21 remain on the current active roster for 2013 and the majority contributed to division title in 2012. The history of the new mgmt is to build through the draft and use FA to supplement the draft. You really need to know your history when you talk about teams other than your own.

  37. bradygirl12 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:05 PM

    Ah….Arizona. Where NFL careers go to die.

  38. blackfoot11 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:11 PM

    @fhuziar says:

    @losntina69

    Redskins get to 1 playoff game in more than a decade and they’re a dynasty through the draft…

    but your HC knew your qb was hurt and blew out his knee

    remember not everyone can be adrian peterson…

    good luck in 2013
    ______________
    Proir the 2013 Playoff appearance, the Redskins were a playoff team in 2005 and 2007. It has been since 1999 since the ‘Skins won a division title. I will let you do the math, since you are so good at knowing the history of my team.

  39. bobzilla1001 says: Mar 13, 2013 3:13 PM

    Once again, the Steelers have allowed a player to leave without having a suitable replacement in place. When will this madness stop?
    Mendenhall wasn’t the best back in the league, not even in the top 10, but he sure was the best back on the Steelers’ roster up until today.
    Tomlin and Cobert must be banking on having a 1974-type draft next month.

  40. cbass59 says: Mar 13, 2013 10:01 PM

    I honestly hope well for Mendenhall. Hopefully a change of scenery is what he needs. He gave us Steeler fans some good years but the last 2 years he preferred to spin and dance instead of running hard.

  41. Canyonero says: Mar 13, 2013 11:01 PM

    I’ll just always remember when he was drafted he sort of complained that he wanted to go to the Chicago Bears.

    Sorry, man, our bad.

    He did a lot of sulking and preening here in Pittsburgh. I wish him well, but it’s baffling why he didn’t seize the chance he had with the Steelers.

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