Cardinals RB Jonathan Dwyer Says Steelers Wanted Him Back

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has taken issue with my previous report stating he was not wanted back in 2014 and he wanted to set the record straight.

Dwyer has informed me that he had an opportunity to return to the Steelers in 2014, but that he thought the opportunity the Arizona Cardinals were going to give him was a better one.

Dwyer signed a one-year, qualifying contract this past week with the Cardinals where he’ll be reunited with head coach Bruce Arians, who was the Steelers offensive coordinator when he was drafted.

So there you go. The Steelers wanted Dwyer back, but he wanted to go elsewhere. He also wanted everyone to know that he gave his all for the black and gold.

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  • mlc43

    Awesome, good luck to him. It’s not like he was an integral part of our offense or will be one there. He was solid depth and a good backup. That’s probably what he’ll be there as well.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m glad he spoke up! Makes sense for him to go with his best chance to play. I’m also glad we wanted him back, I don’t like turning a cold shoulder to young players. And that Tomlins doghouse isn’t forever.
    I think his pass blocking improvements and long runs we’re worth keeping. I also think he could be a better Beanie Wells than Beanie Wells was!

  • Virdin Barzey

    Don’t blame him. He has a chance to be the starter there and clearly not here.

  • steelster

    Dwyer and Sanders are so yesterday. Starks and Carrington are so tomorrow and a good beer is so today.

  • Brian Tollini

    And maybe Al Woods was the same situation, who knows. That is why you can’t place blame on the FO until you have all info….which we probably still don’t have.

  • walter mason

    I wish we could have kept him.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’ve gotta side with Dwyer, even though I usually go with the organization. To me, Tomlin had prejudice against Dwyer, for whatever reason. I’m not there, so I don’t know. All I know, is the dude gained yards….fat, in shape…whatever. And as I predicted when he was cut…they were calling him back….I don’t blame him one bit. I’m not saying he’s Jerome Bettis…but I completely understand why he moved elsewhere.

  • GodShamGod

    Erroneous reporting by this site…never saw that coming.

  • JoeSteelerFan

    Dwyers work ethic was always an issue. He only got hard after he was cut and brought back last season.

  • OIF3gunner

    I hope he succeeds! I actually really like him and wish him well. I was pumped when we got him and a little upset he’s gone.

  • walter mason

    Yea I agree but he didnt sit back and laugh like Woodley. He got the message and he worked harder.

  • Farnsworth

    Start your own then. Best Steelers site I’ve found.

  • steelers2end

    What do you mean he only got hard after he was cut? When he was in camp he was definitely in shape, I saw that with my own eyes. Everyone had already decided that they were going to keep Redman over Dwyer, if anyone listened to the media during training camp they knew it before preseason. Even Redman knew it. He told reporters that the team was saving him that is why he didn’t play much preseason. Go back and look at the interviews. It was there the entire time. All the reports were that we couldn’t afford to keep Dwyer and Redman for the amount of money they were scheduled to get paid, so one was going to get cut. I saw that coming, obviously they knew what they were going to do from the start. What is happening to our team, people forget that our season this year was the same as our season last year 8 and 8,. Dwyer was named the starter for 6 games 2012 season not exactly sure but think was 2 games over a 100 yards with an average of 4.0 yards a carry. He averaged around 11 carries per game. So what is really going on here. Last year when we went 8 and 8 the FO blamed the running game, whose fault is it this year??? 2 years 8 and 8 ??? I have a feeling if we go 8 and 8 again it is going to be bad for someone at the top.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I don’t think this is about ‘siding’. As Dwyer implied, the Steelers wanted him back, but he should actually have a chance to compete for a starting job in Arizona.

  • Matthew Marczi

    It wasn’t a ‘report’, it was speculation.

  • Brendon Glad

    I didnt mean “siding” as If it was “dwyer vs. the article”. I just meant i was siding on Dwyer vs Steelers….because if Dwyer is telling the truth, then he made a choice…and im just saying i dont blame him one bit.

  • Steelers12328882

    I completely agree. Dwyer would’ve been a great backup, especially at that price, and we wouldn’t of had to worry about the RB position as much as we do now, but the Steelers burnt that bridge last year. I would’ve left for another team too.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Not only do I like him, and I think he figured out he needs to stay in football shape your round, despite children or whatever else, but… I tip my hat to the guy as well. He probably heard about this or reads this site and wanted to clarify things. Good for him because that means he truly cares what fans think.

    Also, it’s not like this guy has made 50 or 100 million and really does not give a damn. Good luck to him. He does have a chance to help them and with their D they will probably be better than the Steelers again.

  • Jazz

    He could have been an integral part to their offense in 2013. Granted, in the past the main reason he wasn’t effective was due to his poor conditioning. I thought after he was cut and came back he played really well. Unless he asked to be taken out, why not use two RB’s? Mike Tomlin has always been a substandard coach when it comes to evaluating talent.

  • Axe Skot

    Come on everyone, are you serious? He had a few flashes after how many years? I wish him the best but the running back position is pretty straight forward. I’ll be shocked if he becomes more than he was with Pittsburgh which was not much.

  • steelers2end

    Yeah I agree our OL has been great and it was all the running game that is why we were screwed in 2012 and 2013. I guess since Dwyer is gone, Jones is gone and Hollings is gone we have to blame Bell for the poor numbers last year. Our poor season is because the running game has been bad for the last few years, dude give me a break. I am really beginning to think that there maybe a problem in another area other than the rb’s Look at the facts,the Numbers don’t lie. 8 and 8 it can’t just be the running game. Come on man. Sometimes we need to look at what the real deal is. Haley needs to go. Looked to me like Big Ben started calling the plays and that is when we started getting somewhere. what is going on! It doesn’t matter if we would have had Adrian Peterson running the ball if you don’t have what you need in the front forget it.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    That was good to know and i also think that your first thought on the issue was correct Dave but just wasn’t right. Most would have come to the same conclusion. Dwyer will let Steeler Nation find out why they should have gave him more of a chance.

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Exactly now add this to all those years with Worilds in the wrong side, and the Cam Heyward draft just to put him in a wrong and not fitted positions for him (in a first round) and it is getting suspiscious!

  • Axe Skot

    I was talking about Dwyer, not the OL or Haley, which are seperate issues that I won’t get into here. Dwyer is a back up running back, and not in the top half of the league of those. His vision when running lanes were made available was pretty terrible at times. Running backs of his ilk are a dime a dozen. Sorry if that sounds harsh, but that’s reality. He had some physical tools, but that isn’t enough.

  • steelers2end

    Axe it doesn’t sound harsh, it sounds like someone that basically doesn’t understand that one player isn’t the cause of a mess, it is the team as a whole. I guess I wasn’t watching the same games you were watching, looked to me as if there isn’t a hole available how are you going to hit it. The guy missed some, just like any other rb does, he also ran if I recall 30 yards in one game (one touch) last year and was pulled out never to touch the ball a second time during the entire game, since you are so knowledgeable explain that one. I guess I missed something somewhere. It just makes you say what the ???? Look at Bell (the next AP), the numbers speak for themselves. As good as he is his numbers weren’t so much. Combined they were ok, but on the ground, no better than the ones before him. If he can’t put the numbers up, who will be able to??. We will see were we are next year at this time. Someone better step something up. Not impressed with were we are headed. Hopefully Ben can take the reigns like he did the end of last year and turn it around. At least our new back will get a fresh start. Our numbers should not be 8 and 8 for the third year… Any who good luck Dwyer, on to the next chapter.

  • Will Hammer

    fumbles good luck ..

  • Axe Skot

    “it sounds like someone that basically doesn’t understand that one player isn’t the cause of a mess, it is the team as a whole”

    Yeah, he is just one player, and an expendable one, particularly for a team that wants to run a zone blocking scheme. I wouldn’t characterize the offense as a mess. We’ll see about the running game, I’m hopeful if not optimisitic. Hope to see a decent running back come our way in the later rounds of the draft, or even better, an undrafted gem. I wish Dwyer the best, I rooted for him while he was in Pittsburgh.