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The Cardinals don't have a lot of money tied up in running backs.
The Cardinals don't have a king's ransom of money tied up in the running back position. That's a good thing since they didn't get much production of that spot in 2012.
Beanie Wells' cap hit of $2.42 million is financially palatable but he's injury-prone. It's hard to tell if Arizona is going to tolerate the production they've gotten out of him for this upcoming season, the final one on his rookie deal.
Wells ran for 234 yards and five touchdowns on 88 carries this past season but also spent time on the Designated-To-Return version of injured reserve while dealing with turf toe. Do the Cardinals want to pay $2.42 million to a back averaging 2.7 yards per carry?
At least there are some options in free agency with names like Ahmad Bradshaw, Steven Jackson and Reggie Bush set to hit the open market. There is the option to potentially make a move via free agency and the draft has promising prospects as well.
Ryan Williams is also going to play a key role in this too. The good news is that he's an even bigger bargain than Wells at $1.36 million but he's played five games in two seasons. Health is the big question that plagues Williams as well, as he missed 2011 with a ruptured patella tendon and was lost in Week 5 to a shoulder injury against the Rams.
Anthony Sherman is set to be a cap hit around $600,000 and LaRod Stephens-Howling is a free agent. Once the Cardinals make a decision on Wells, the future of Stephens-Howling will be decided.