Cardinals' unrestricted free agents: Jonathan Dwyer


Over the next 10 days, I’ll be looking at all 11 of the Cardinals’ unrestricted free agents and going over why they should be re-signed, why they shouldn’t and what I think will happen. There’s one UFA, linebacker Larry Foote, who won’t be a free agent this year because he’ll either retire and join the coaching staff, or play another season, but I’ll still include him on my list.

I’ll start with the least likely free agent to return to Arizona, but he's someone the Cardinals could use.

First up: Jonathan Dwyer, RB

Reason to re-sign: This signing won’t happen. It just won’t. There are reasons why Arizona needs Dwyer. The Cardinals were the worst red zone rushing team in the league last season and a lot -- OK, all -- of that had to do with missing Dwyer. He was arrested after Week 3 on charges of aggravated assault stemming from two incidents from last summer involving his wife and child and was placed on the non-football injury list, prohibiting him from playing the final 14 games of the season. The Cardinals struggled to move the ball in the red zone without him, averaging just 1.46 yards per carry. His size and power are definitely needed in 2015.

Reason not to re-sign: There is a laundry list of them and all stem from his arrest. He’s not good enough for the Cardinals to ignore his assault charges, which were later dropped. But Dwyer did plead guilty to disorderly conduct and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.

Prediction: The Cardinals won’t bring Dwyer back. There’s too much baggage associated with him, and he’ll be facing a suspension by the NFL for violating the league’s substance abuse policy so who really knows when he’ll be back on the field.