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.