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Cardinals cut Beanie Wells

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GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 23: Beanie Wells #26 of the Arizona Cardinals fumbles the ball against the Chicago Bears at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 23, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Beanie Wells’ days in Arizona are coming to an end.

Wells, a running back who is only a year removed from a 1,000-yard rushing season with the Cardinals, wrote on Twitter Monday afternoon that the team had informed him he was going to be released. The move ends a four-year career for Wells in Arizona, where he was a 2009 first-round draft pick out of Ohio State.

The Cardinals have confirmed that Wells is cut. The team also cut running back Fozzy Whittaker, and today’s news will ramp up the talk that Reggie Bush is a target for Arizona in free agency.

Wells had an excellent year in 2011, with 245 carries for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns. But Wells fell behind LaRod Stephens-Howling on the Cardinals’ depth chart last season, and he couldn’t get anything going when he did get the ball, ending the season with just 234 yards on 88 carries.

After saying late in the 2012 season that he didn’t anticipate returning to the Cardinals in 2013, Wells reversed course when new coach Bruce Arians was hired, saying he thought he could get a fresh start in Arians’ offense. Instead, Wells has been informed that if he’s going to have a fresh start, it won’t be in Arizona.