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Beanie Wells Expects to Leave Cardinals, Auditioning for "31 Other Teams" on Sunday


Beanie Wells missed the first half of the season with an injury that showed the Cardinals that they need a running back in addition to the numerous other things they need this offseason. But according to the man himself, Beanie Wells will not be that running back for Arizona, as he’s expected to seek a contract somewhere else this offseason.

The only problem in Wells’ master plan is that he’s under contract for next season — in Arizona. That’s not stopping him from saying that “without a doubt” he will be playing somwhere else soon, and this Sunday isn’t just a meaningless game for him, it’s an audition to the other teams around the NFL.

“That’s my mindset,” Wells said 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.”

The reason for Wells’ animosity towards the Cardinals has it’s roots in the running back’s benching during last Sunday’s loss to the Bears. In the loss, Wells had a costly fumble that was returned by Chicago for a touchdown. Well was benched after that but feels he should have gotten a chance to redeem himself.

Instead, he’s now looking to redeem himself in another uniform.

“This is a performance-based business, and I don’t know if I’ve done things up to our organization’s standards here,” he said. “Maybe it’s a discussion that we’ll have later on, but who knows?”

The Cardinals would have to cut Wells or trade him in order for his request to be satisfied, but there is no indication currently that Arizona has plans to do either. But if a new general manager and head coach are brought in, Wells could be shipped off for draft picks as the Cardinals begin to rebuild.

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