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Beanie Wells cut: So much for 2009 debate

Back in April 2009, NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert and I debated whether Beanie Wells or Percy Harvin would have the better rookie season.

Four years later, the Arizona Cardinals released Wells on the same day Minnesota traded Harvin to Seattle for a package including a 2013 first-round pick. Wells tweeted the news. The Cardinals announced it shortly thereafter.

This move comes as no surprise. Wells has been hurt. Arizona has a new coaching staff. Head coach Bruce Arians said he wants his running backs to be every-down players skilled in pass protection. Over the years, the Cardinals trusted other running backs such as Tim Hightower in protection more than they trusted Wells. And with Wells struggling to stay on the field last season, his future with the team appeared shaky.

Arizona was recently among a few teams linked to potential free agent running back Reggie Bush.

I'd love to stay and linger on this one, but we've got more NFC West news coming down. Back soon.