Contract Jonathan Dwyer Signed With Cardinals Shows Steelers Didn’t Want Him Back

The Pittsburgh Steelers obviously didn’t want running back Jonathan Dwyer back in 2014. How do I know that? Just look at his contract.

According to the numbers filed with the NFLPA, the one-year contract that Dwyer signed earlier this week with the Arizona Cardinals was a qualifying contract for the minimum. That means Dwyer was given a $730,000 non guaranteed base salary and a $65,000 signing bonus.

The contract that Dwyer signed also comes with a reduced cap charge of $635,000 and that’s further proof the Steelers did not want him back. It really doesn’t get any cheaper than that, outside of not giving him a signing bonus at all.

Now that he’s with the Cardinals, Dwyer will fight to be the backup behind Andre Ellington.