The arrival of Ryan Williams: Goodbye, Beanie

The biggest news for the Cardinals out of the recent NFL college draft came in the second round.  That’s when they selected Ryan Wiliams, the diminuitive running back from Virginia Tech.  Considering their numerous bigger needs, why, some may ask, would they “waste” a high pick on another runnning back when they already have Beanie Wells and Tim Hightower?

By taking Williams it seems clear the Cardinals are not counting on Wells for the 2011 season.  It is inconceivable the thrifty owners, the Bidwills, will want to pay big contracts to both Williams and Wells, the team’s No. 1 pick in 2009.  Not with the affordable Hightower in the wings, a back who has been twice as productive as the more talented Wells. 

Either Wells is injured much more severely than the team has let on or the Cardinals will try to peddle his big contract in an effort to get a veteran quarterback, a pass-rusher supreme or a top offensive lineman or two.      

Although Wells has been a huge disappointment, he likely has some trade value left.  But no team likely will cough up even a backup quarterback in a straight up deal for the oft-injured running back.   If Kevin Kolb of the Eagles is the target, forget it.  The Eagles can  get a far better deal elsewhere.  They already have a decent running back in LeSean McCoy who averaged 5.2 yards and gained more than 1,000 yards last season.  

Neither is Wells alone worth a pass rusher, one of the true rarities in the NFL.  It seems more likely the Cardinals will attempt to bolster their offfensive line in a trade for Wells and hopefully protect better for the new quarterback, be it Marc Bulger or whoever.  In any case, it seems good-bye for Beanie.

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