Report: Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer Waste No Time Signing His Restricted Tender

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer is not taking any chances in free agency as the former sixth-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech has already signed his $1.323 million one-year restricted tender given to him over the weekend, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Twitter.

Dwyer was one of four soon-to-be restricted free agents that were issued tenders, with running back Isaac Redman, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and nose tackle Steve McLendon being the other three.

Normally restricted free agents will wait a few weeks to sign their tender offers just in case they get interest from other teams during the free agency signing period, but Dwyer, as Schefter reports, didn\’t want to wait and wanted to prove a point that he is dedicated to becoming the Steelers number one running back next season.

Dwyer led the Steelers in rushing last season with 623 yards on 156 carries. He had two back-to-back 100 yard games in the middle of the season and scored 2 rushing touchdowns.

Dwyer, who recently became a father for the first time, has reportedly already started his off-season conditioning program.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I hope he has one heck of an off season this year. We’ll need it.

  • westernsteel

    He obviously wants to be on this team. He’s still very young. It was an odd year for steelers running backs, I wasn’t overly impressed with Dwyer, but I think it’s impressive that he signed so fast.

  • Garrett Hunt

    I’m telling you, his best days are ahead of him.

  • Kolie Oak

    Man what an awesome dude!!!!
    Slap in the face to Tomlin, Mike you’d better get over your pride and see Dwyer in a new light…

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    Any chance they rescind Redman now?

    If I were the Steelers, I would see if Dwyer would take 3 yrs $6m. $1.5m bonus, $500k this year, $1.5m next year, $2.5m in 2015. Its not like free agent rbs are getting much on the open market. That contract reduces cap hit this year by $300k and makes dead money hits to get out manageable at any time. In exchange, Dwyer gets the $1.5 guaranteed when he is far from guaranteed a roster spot.

  • Rubem Dornas

    I really like this kid. Much more than Redman.

  • Garrett Hunt

    I would be shocked if he didn’t have a roster spot. Especially with the current stable of RB’s.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    This kid even w/ Mendy was our best rushing HB…Mendy was overall better…Dwyer has really good vision and hits holes with authority…wait for the zone blocking to kick in…he will quiet all the non-believers in him

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Dwyer isnt stupid…all u had to see was what Wallace did and the results…and what Brown did and the results…I think Dwyer likes the Brown results better.

  • TJimmy

    Why only one year?.If he does well then they have the same.problem they had with Keenan Lewis

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    You’re probably right, but RBs just don’t get much money in free agency and I just hate the idea of him having a good year.and losing him next year. Roster wise, you figure they will have 2 spots filled with a relatively high draft pick and Batch or some other scrub near the minimum. If Redman comes back and they pick up some other veteran, it will come down to who fills the different roles better to fill out the 4 rb roster spots.

    Mendenhall won’t get $2m/year. Reggie Bush might get $3.5/year, If you offer Dwyer $2m/year with the opportunity to make that much the first year, he might take it?

  • hergieburbur

    I agree, I am excited to see what he can do with a full season under his belt and some real dedication to conditioning.

  • Jollyrob68

    They should rescind Redman and increase Mclendon

  • hergieburbur

    Because that is how the Restricted Free Agent system works?

  • I suspect his contract is only for one year because we are switching to a zone blocking scheme and neither Dwyer nor Redman are well suited for it. They are more suitable for man-blocking schemes (i.e. power backs that run between the tackles). The one year deal may be an insurance policy re: depth at the position and a chance for Dwyer to show he can adjust to the new scheme and be productive within it. If not, I suspect neither one of these RBs will be in Steelers’ uniforms beyond next year and I would keep an eye out for us drafting smaller, lighter, faster and more agile RBs both this year and next who operate well in space and who can quickly identify the crease because that is the type of RB you need in a zone blocking type scheme. There’s no point in changing your O-line’s blocking scheme if you do not have the right tools at the RB position.

  • DJ

    Glad to see the MINI-BUS back. I see him getting better.

  • lefnor

    Terrible news. A 6th round pick would be much much better for him. He is a horible all-down back, he proved it last year (too). He is totally incapable of playing in a strech/zone based run offense.

    I think the Steelers would be glad with an inquiry. They wanted to build a new RB corps. They weren’t satisfied with the RBs last year and they declared it after the season. And now he eats 1.323 million from the cap. Urghhhhh.

    Dwyer, thanks the nothing. Now you can go back to the couch and put on beef as usual…

  • rob.pghsteelersfan

    No RB who was on the roster last yr is the answer. Only Dwyer should be on the team next year as a change of pace or short yardage guy. I don’t know why the team insists on keeping useless guys on the roster lately

  • Superdriller316

    Why increase Mclendon? We have the right of first refusal, so why pay more than needed?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agreed. Tomlin needs to get over their differences and support this kid. Otherwise we’ll get another Keenan Lewis scenario.

  • SteelSpine

    Dwyer needs to prove another point, by showing up to camp in shape. Bet he’s already been told that.

  • SteelSpine

    Is this writer Redman, or does it look eerily similar to Mendy’s tweets 🙂

  • Bradys_Dad

    I know that I’ in the minority but I’d still like to see Mendy back. Issues aside, he is young, a physical stud and is better suited to the new blocking scheme. If he could be had for 1.5 – 2 range he’d be worth fighting for. Let the snarky comments begin ……

  • He will be a 1000 yrds rusher for the steelers. Everyone forgets this kid had a great college career. Some mock drafts had him in the top 25 that year.. I could not believe we got him in the 6th round. Watch!

  • steeltown

    Love this guy

    For all the Dwyer haters out there, you need to calm yourselves, this guy was a 6th Rd pick, its not like he was a 1st Rder or a 2nd Rder… dude runs hard and has become a solid pass blocker and has also shown improvement in the passing game. He is still very young. He’s shown he’s capable of producing 100yd games and I believe he’s shifty enough for his size to work in a zone scheme

    He’s a solid #2 all day

  • steeltown