After starting the 2012 NFL season with four straight wins, the Arizona Cardinals were making a strong case for this season’s surprise team. Although many didn’t believe the Cardinals had the talent on either side of the football to contend with the best of the best in the NFC or even in the NFC West division, Arizona was getting the job done in the first month of the season.
Unfortunately, the promising start by the Cardinals was nothing more than a fluke. After winning four straight right out of the gate, Arizona lost nine in a row, before finally bouncing back with a win over the Detroit Lions in Week 15.
As a result of another disappointing season, the Cardinals will miss the playoffs once again and may be in for some drastic changes in the immediate future. One-time All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald apparently has no intentions of making any waves in Arizona in terms of demanding a trade or calling out the front office for failing to bring in talent around or a decent starting quarterback, but running back Beanie Wells doesn’t feel the same way.
The Ohio State product claims that he’s done with the Cardinals after this season and will consider the regular-season finale against the division rival San Francisco 49ers as an audition for another team next season according to ESPN.com:
Arizona Cardinals running back Beanie Wells expects to play for another team next season and will use Sunday’s finale to “audition for a job somewhere else,” he said Monday.
“That’s my mindset,” Wells said, according to the Arizona Republic. “I’m just going to go out there and put my best foot forward for all the 31 other teams that’s watching.”
Wells has missed seven games this season with lingering injuries, but has played well at times when healthy. There will definitely be a market for the 24-year-old in the off-season with plenty of teams looking for young running backs in free agency.