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.
Jonathan Dwyer's 1-year, $790K deal with #Cardinals included a $65K bonus. Minimum salary benefit, counts only $635K on cap if he makes team
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 14, 2014