Following in the footsteps of high-profile defenders Adrian Wilson and Darnell Dockett, RB Beanie Wells has become the latest Cardinals player to publicly predict that his days in the desert are probably numbered.
The day after being benched by an obviously irritated Ken Whisenhunt following his fumble that was recovered and returned for a TD that opened the floodgates in the Cardinals’ 28-13 loss to the Bears in Week 16, Wells told the local media that it was “inevitable” he likely would be moving on after this season.
But while it might indeed turn out that Wilson, Dockett and Wells are all sent packing, we hear it is far from a foregone conclusion that any of them will be released, considering how unprepared the team currently is to replace them.
“Rashad Johnson, who has been replacing Adrian, is not under contract after this season,” one team insider said. “With Wells gone, you’ve got Ryan Williams, who has been unable to stay healthy, and LaRod Stephens-Howling, another free agent after this season. As for Dockett, they really have nobody behind him. You can’t just get rid of three guys like that.”
If the Cardinals do get rid of Wells, there will be many in Cardinals Nation saying, “good riddance,” with most close team observers in agreement that the former first-round draft pick has turned out to be a bona fide disappointment.
“There were some who thought he might have turned a corner last season, but the tendency for injuries, the perceived lack of passion, all those same questions remain after four seasons," the insider said. "The fumble against the Bears is just the latest thing with him. It’s really been one thing after another.”