Cardinals sign Jonathan Dwyer, Ted Larsen, Marcus Benard
After the retirement of Rashard Mendenhall, the Cardinals have picked up another former Steelers running back.
Jonathan Dwyer, a 2010 sixth-round pick of the Steelers who has played his entire career in Pittsburgh, has signed with the Cardinals.
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was the Steelers’ offensive coordinator for Dwyer’s first two NFL seasons, so Dwyer already knows the offense. Dwyer provides some depth in the backfield behind Andre Ellington, who had a very promising rookie season in Arizona last year.
In 2013 Dwyer was largely phased out of the Steelers’ offense, carrying just 49 times for 197 yards. But in 2012 he showed that he can provide solid production, getting six starts and rushing 156 times for 623 yards.
The Cardinals have also added Ted Larsen, who can play both guard and center. Larsen has played in 60 games, with 31 starts, in a four-year career in Tampa Bay. And the Cardinals announced that Marcus Benard, a linebacker who played in 12 games for the Cardinals last year, has re-signed on a one-year contract.