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Stay Or Go: Arizona Cardinals RB Jason Wright

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During the Cardinals 2010 offseason, I began a post looking at the upcoming unrestricted free agents and their future with the team. This year will be no different as I begin the weekly post with back up running back Jason Wright.

When Wright was signed during the 2009 offseason, there was little reason to think he would become a significant presence on offense. Up until that point he had only rushed for 588 yards in his five year career. Outside of Tim Hightower, he was also the second string running back with Edgerrin James requesting his release from Arizona. Fortunately for the Cardinals, both Beanie Wells and LaRod Stephens-Howling were drafted that offseason -- pushing Wright down the depth chart.


Rushing Receiving
G Rush Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Y/G Avg Lng TD
2010 - Jason Wright 11 6 28 2.5 4.7 10 0 8 42 3.8 5.3 9 0

Be that as it may, it wasn't the offense that would later benefit from Wright's contributions. After joining the team it was clear that Jason brought leadership to the Cardinals special team's unit, as well as solid coverage on kick offs. He recorded over 20 tackles on special teams the last two season but also played well on offense when needed.

At just 28-years old Wright's experience, hard work, and commitment make him an ideal fit on a team in dire need of leadership. What he can bring to the team in the future is continued mentorship over the Cardinals other running backs that are all 24-years old or younger. He's also a special teams ace and brings added depth at running back. Perhaps the only drawback to Wright returning to the team is the fact that he's a fourth string running back and won't break ankles rushing the football. Why do you believe Jason Wright should either stay or go?