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Beanie Wells | Running Back

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (25) / 8/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 229
College: Ohio State
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Free agent RB Beanie Wells reportedly tore his Achilles' tendon during last week's workout for the Ravens.
Guys like Brandon Jacobs, Peyton Hillis, Deji Karim and Willis McGahee have all gotten jobs this season, but the 25-year-old Wells remains on the street. It has a lot to do with his inability to stay healthy. Already plagued by knee and toe issues that caused his market to go ice cold this summer, Wells is now dealing with a serious injury that will keep him out of tryouts for the rest of the season. The former first-round pick is going to struggle to get looks in the offseason, as well. Achilles' tendon tears are among the toughest injuries for a running back to return from. Mon, Oct 28, 2013 09:31:00 AM

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Ravens worked out free agent RB Beanie Wells.

The Ravens are likely just updating their emergency list while on a bye. Wells has been on the street since the Cardinals cut him way back in March. Guys like Peyton Hillis, Brandon Jacobs, Jonathan Dwyer and Willis McGahee have all gotten jobs before him.
Wed, Oct 23, 2013 11:21:00 AM

The Giants worked out free agent RBs Beanie Wells and Jonathan Dwyer on Tuesday.

It's the first we've heard of Wells since June. The Giants also worked out Leon Washington, and have "spoken to" Kevin Smith, Tim Hightower and Ryan Grant. They'll almost certainly sign a veteran back in the very near future, but will likely wait until after Week 1, when teams are no longer required to guarantee the contracts of vested veterans.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 05:48:00 PM

The Florida Times Union reports a deal "isn't imminent" between the Jaguars and free agent Beanie Wells.

Beat writer Ryan O'Halloran views Wells' Thursday visit mostly as a matter of the Jags "doing their homework." Provided his "bad wheel" is healed up, Wells should find a new home before training camp.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 09:10:00 AM

The Jaguars will work out free agent RB Beanie Wells Thursday afternoon.

The Steelers and Bengals showed interest in Wells back in March, but labeled his knee and toe issues as red flags. Now the Jags will check on his status. If healthy, Wells would be a low-cost signing for a player that won't turn 25 until August and possesses a first-round skill set. Maurice Jones-Drew's Lisfranc injury still isn't healed and he's entering the final year of his contract. Justin Forsett and Denard Robinson are penciled in as the backups.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 11:44:00 AM

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Beanie Wells' knee situation is bad enough that it "would be a risk for the Steelers to sign him."

Wells' market has gone dead silent since his calamitous Steelers physical, and casts doubt on his ability to get a deal any time soon. Wells will either have to be willing to settle for no guaranteed money, or wait to resume visiting teams until he can prove he's healthy. With both the Steelers and Cardinals giving a vote of no confidence to Wells' knee, he could have trouble getting a contract before camp.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 11:34:00 AM

A source tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette free agent Beanie Wells has a "BAD wheel."

The Cardinals were reportedly "not optimistic" about Beanie's knees before releasing him, and it appears his Steelers physical produced the same result. Plagued by knee woes throughout his career, knee and toe issues cost Wells half of 2012. Wells may need to take a few months to get as healthy as possible before finding a new home.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 12:30:00 PM

The Steelers had free agent Beanie Wells in for a physical earlier this week.

The Cardinals were reportedly "not optimistic" about the condition of Wells' knees before releasing him. Steelers doctors may have found something they didn't like as well, as he left club headquarters without a contract. It's fair to wonder if Wells might need a knee surgery before he finds a landing spot.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 12:35:00 PM

Per beat writer Kent Somers, the Cardinals were "not optimistic" about the state of free agent Beanie Wells' right knee.

Wells has first-round caliber talent and won't turn 25 until August, but his injury history is going to be a major red flag. He missed eight games last year with knee/toe issues and also struggled with right knee issues in 2010.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 04:08:00 PM

The Bengals hosted free agent Beanie Wells on Tuesday.

Per Yahoo's Mike Silver, Wells is "apparently exploring other options" now. The Steelers are also rumored to have some interest. The Bengals have also "poked around" Reggie Bush and Rashard Mendenhall. Per Silver, Bush is "too expensive" despite Cincy's untapped salary cap wad and Mendenhall is "being wooed aggressively" by the Dolphins. (In addition to the Broncos and Cardinals.)
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 10:23:00 PM

Sources tell ESPN.com that the Bengals and Steelers are showing interest in free agent Beanie Wells.

The Bengals already have a plodding two-down back that runs to contact in BenJarvus Green-Ellis, so it would be an odd fit. The Steelers, meanwhile, would likely consider Wells an upgrade on Jonathan Dwyer. Although Beanie was a bust in Arizona, he's still just 24 and never appeared truly healthy. He's among the top-seven running backs available right now.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 03:40:00 PM

Cardinals informed RB Beanie Wells of his release.

Wells is only 24 and has never lacked for talent, but it's telling that the Cardinals cut him despite an affordable $1,407,500 base salary. Beanie is completely inept in the passing game and new coach Bruce Arians is a pass-first mind. The 31st overall pick in the 2009 draft, Wells' four-year Arizona career ends with one season of 200-plus carries, seemingly countless "nagging" injuries, and a pedestrian 4.0 YPC average. Wells will get another chance, but he's just another "guy" in a middling group of free-agent running backs.
Mon, Mar 11, 2013 04:03:00 PM

New Cardinals coach Bruce Arians considers pass protection a "prerequisite" for running backs.

Beanie Wells remains a work in progress in pass protection, so his future with team is up in the air. Wells is an early-down plodder at this point, but new GM Steve Keim had some nice things to say about him. "Beanie is still a big horse who can finish runs and create yardage after contract," claimed Keim. Ryan Williams, more of a three-down back, has a leg up in Arizona's backfield.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 05:01:00 PM

Beanie Wells triggered an escalator in his rookie deal, raising his 2013 salary from $1,157,500 to $1,407,500.

It's not a massive increase by any means, but with Wells' salary increasing and skills decreasing, it makes it easier for the Cardinals to cut ties with him. Wells toted the rock 88 times for just 234 yards (2.7 YPC) and five touchdowns in 2012, a year after rumbling for 1,047 yards and ten scores. Wells is entering the final year of his contract.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 08:44:00 PM

Beanie Wells is looking forward to a "fresh start" under head coach Bruce Arians.

Wells had a much-publicized fractured relationship with Ken Whisenhunt that most recently manifested when Wells was benched after the Bears returned his fumble for a touchdown in Arizona's home finale loss. Interestingly, Arians did not mention Wells in his introductory news conference, instead praising Ryan Williams. Wells is entering the final year of his contract, so this'll be the Cardinals' last offseason to get trade compensation for him.
Sat, Jan 26, 2013 10:19:00 AM

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