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Whether Beanie Wells is with the Cardinals or not next season, he is certainly looking forward to a fresh start away from former head coach Ken Whisenhunt.
Before the end of the 2012-13 season, Beanie Wells started to become very vocal. So much in fact that before the last game against the 49ers, Wells stated that he would now be trying out for 31 other teams. Needless to say, he did not believe he was going to be back with the Cardinals.
But Ken Whisenhunt is gone now, as is the fractured relationship he had with Beanie. Under new head coach Bruce Arians, Wells could find himself with another chance, says Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona. He realizes that injuries have become one of his stigmas and he would like to shed some of that baggage before his contract runs out.
Entering the final year of his contract, Wells isn't due to make all that much money. In fact, Rotoworld states that he is owed just over $1.1 million this season. With that and given the injury history with Ryan Williams, the Cardinals could look to retain Wells.
He would be up for the challenge if that is the decision that is ultimately made. Per Morgan:
"I am excited about Coach Arians," he said. "I've never had a problem with going out and proving myself, but this couldn't have happened at a better time for me. I think it's a way for me to get a fresh start under a new coaching staff. It's a chance to let them form their own opinions of me instead of going off of the past."
Wells and Whisenhunt never seemed to mix. Coach Whiz was never the type of guy to give someone a job based on where they were drafted and when Beanie came into the league, I think he felt he deserved to be the starting back. As Morgan states in his article, once you got on Whisenhunt's blacklist, it was an incredibly difficult task to get off of it.
I see the Cardinals keeping Wells due to the relatively low risk he carries with him. If he gets injured, the team does not owe him that much money and hopefully another running back will be able to step in in his place. Then again, we did see Todd Heap get cut this past season even though he was a vested veteran, meaning his contract was going to be paid out either way.
Will Beanie Wells end up with the Cards next season? It's too early to tell. What we do know is that no matter where he goes, he will be doing so with a new beginning.