James Conner: Why wouldn’t I want to stay with Cardinals?

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Running back James Conner knew his “options were limited” when he remained unsigned a month into the free agency period this offseason, so he wasn’t in a position to pass on an offer from the Cardinals to join Chase Edmonds in their backfield.

Similar situations haven’t worked out for other players, but Conner landing in Arizona turned out to be the best outcome. Conner has tied his career high for an entire season by scoring 13 total touchdowns through 11 games and he’s riding a five-game touchdown streak into this Sunday’s game against the Bears.

Conner has remained healthy after missing time in each of his four seasons with the Steelers and the Cardinals are the top team in the NFC right now, so it has all added up to a partnership that Conner would like to see continue beyond the expiration of his current one-year deal.

“Man, I want to win a Super Bowl here,” Conner said, via Bob McManaman of the Arizona Republic. “I love the weather and everything this team has going and my teammates out here and the coaching staff. I don’t see why not, why I wouldn’t want to be here. We have all the resources and everything we need to be successful. We’re going to take it one week at a time first. We’ve got a big game against Chicago coming up. But after the season, I’ve got a lot of love for the Cardinals, so we’ll see what happens.”

Conner’s proven to be a good fit in the Arizona backfield as both a complement for Edmonds and as the starter during Edmonds’ absence with an ankle injury. That’s a good argument for keeping him around, but it will likely be a few months before we know if Conner will stay in Arizona.

6 responses to “James Conner: Why wouldn’t I want to stay with Cardinals?

  1. Its a perfect fit. He’s not built to be a number-one back that carries the ball 25-30 times a game. That’s one reason he missed so much time with the Steelers. He gets hurt with that kind of work load. Plus AZ actually has an o-line that blocks. I hope he stays with the Cardinals and keeps scoring TD’s.

  2. steelchampions says:
    December 1, 2021 at 10:39 am
    Its a perfect fit. He’s not built to be a number-one back that carries the ball 25-30 times a game. That’s one reason he missed so much time with the Steelers. He gets hurt with that kind of work load. Plus AZ actually has an o-line that blocks. I hope he stays with the Cardinals and keeps scoring TD’s

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    I don’t think the steelers ran the ball 30 times all of last season…

  3. I hope he sends LeVeon a nice Christmas basket every year. This kid really made the most out of that guy’s stupidity and cashed in on a nice contract. Well done.

  4. The key phrase from James in this article: “I’ve got a lot of love for the Cardinals”. Beyond all the drama in this business about contracts, show me the money, K2’s HC offer from Oklahoma, etc., this team has a special “Chemistry” shared throughout the locker room and within organization. And hence; look at the results!

    Mr. Bidwill and Keim will continue to nurture these attributes by rewarding those who participate at this higher vibe emotional level.

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