Jaguars bring in former Cardinals RB Beanie Wells for workout
Wells was released by the Cardinals in mid-May, with one year left on his rookie contract. Early in the offseason, Wells garnered interest from the Cincinnati Bengals and took a physical with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but nothing came out of either one of those opportunities. Since then, there haven’t been reports of much interest in Wells’ services from other NFL teams. That is largely in part due to Wells’ turf toe and knee injuries being red flags for teams looking for running back options on the open market. Hence, several teams, much like the Steelers have gone with less risky options for their backfield.
The former Ohio State product has only rushed for over 1,000-yards in one season during his stint with the Cardinals, finishing with a career-best 1,047 yards in 2011. However, last season, Wells was limited to just eight games with seven starts due to knee injury, as he averaged just 2.7 yards per carry behind a tattered offensive line.
However, the Jaguars have been without Maurice Jones-Drew all offseason, as he rehabs from a Lisfranc injury from last season, thus depleting depth in an already thin backfield. The Jaguars could sign Wells to fill out the depth chart while Jones-Drew is still out until training camp in July.
Justin Forsett, who is otherwise slated as the Jaguars’ No.2 running back this offseason, has been recently taking much of the first-team reps with Jones-Drew out of the OTAs. Rookie Denard Robinson, who is making the transition to running back from quarterback this offseason, could play an intriguing change of pace role out of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offensive backfield. Meanwhile, Wells’ presence will not only address a lack of experience at the position, but he will also serve as insurance if Jones-Drew’s recovery suffers a setback this offseason.
At just 24 years old, Wells still has a lot of NFL mileage left in him. If Wells' troublesome knee can hold-up, he could be a low-risk signing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, likely to command a veterans’ minimum contract from the team.