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Arizona Cardinals re-sign Andre Ellington to one year contract

The Cardinals bring back the versatile running back.

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Only two players from Steve Keim's inagural draft class will be on the 2017 roster, unless the Arizona Cardinals bring back Alex Okafor.

Joining Tyrann Mathieu is running back Andre Ellington, who has re-signed with the team on a one year contract.

Ellington was initially a dynamo at running back, prompting the #FreeEllington movement from... Well, me.

Then it became obvious when he was handed the starting job that he was not an every down running back, leading to the Cardinals bringing in Chris Johnson and drafting David Johnson.

The Cardinals still wanted Ellington to get touches, putting him back as a kickoff return man in 2016, with not great results.

However, Ellington offers a similar, albeit lesser, skill set that rivals David Johnson's. Meaning he can play in Johnson's role without having to change much of the offense.

Ellington does offer a great skill set though:

The 28-year old Ellington surpassed 1,000 yards from scrimmage in each of his first two NFL seasons, compiling 1,023 yards as a rookie in 2013 and 1,055 yards in 2014. During his rookie campaign in 2013, Ellington rushed for 652 yards on just 118 attempts, leading all NFL players with a 5.53 yards per carry average. He is the only active player in the NFL with both a rushing and receiving touchdown of 80+ yards in their career.