Over the past couple of days there have been speculation that the Cards may have a running back issue on there hands (too bad we overlooked Washington's Chris Polk). Well I was flipping through my Bleacher Reports and seen the best idea for the Cardinals I have seen this off season. Trade for Jonathan Stewart. Thanks Cian Fahey of Bleacher Report for the inspiration, please read the article. Before signing C. Campbell the Cards had about $3.1 million in cap space, now the Cards have just under $9 million in cap. Meaning we have plenty of room to add an impact player, why not Jon Stewart? Now this would have to be a deal that Carolina would need to like just a little. Due to the fact that there are four legit backs currently on the roster, it does not seem like it would be to difficult to nab Stewart.
Now I am a big fan of Beanie, have been since his Big Ten days (don't get it twisted U of Michigan all day) but his health issues are starting to become a big cloud blocking the sunshine on our chances on another title run. Beanie is signed through 2013 and due to make about $708,000. Jonathan Stewart is in a contract year and is due to make roughly $1.31 million. Not too bad in terms of cap space, but because of the numbers fill in so well it would be nothing to sign him and even get him an extension. The best thing about Stewart is he has the speed of a 4.4 forty and the size, listed at 5 feet 10 inches and 235 pounds and is only 24 years old. In four seasons J Stewart is averaging 5 yards per carry and in 2009 rushed for over 1100 yards on 221 carries giving him an average of 5.1 yards. In terms of yards per carry his best year was the 2011-12 season where he averaged 5.4 yards but only on 142 carries for 761 yards all while sharing the snaps with D. Williams. Beanie is struggling to average 4.5 yards per carry.
With the addition of Adam Snyder to the right side along with the rookie Bobbie Massey the line is ready and set to have a great season in the run game. Stewart provides all the things Beanie gives us but has sprinter speed to go along with it. Now of curse trading for Stewart would mean a back would have to be bounced out, and he is coming off a year in which he was affected by an ankle injury, but still managed respectable rushing yards. As much as I hate to say it, that would have to be Beanie Wells. R. Williams has too much upside and L Rod Stephens Howlin is a key cog on special teams and third down situations. I would think the Cards would have to give up at least a 3rd round pick. Who knows only time will tell.
I think this is the big splash management has been waiting for. All off season they have talked about changing the way they asses talent and do things. Here is a golden opportunity sides have more than enough incentive to make it happen. Panthers have too many backs and the Cardinals still need a high impact back to go with the best WR tandem in the league.