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Running back Jonathan Dwyer of the Pittsburgh Steelers was offered a low tender in restricted free agency. That deal will guarantee Dwyer $1.3 million in 2013, but he was still free to try and sign elsewhere. Any other team in the NFL could have signed Dwyer and would have only had to give up a sixth round pick as compensation. There is no way to know if another team would have tried to sign Dwyer, but it is possible.
However, instead of testing the free agent market Dwyer immediately signed his free agent tender, which guarantees that he will be back with the team in 2013. The Steelers could still sign any of their restricted free agents to long-term contracts if they choose to do so, but the only one they may look to sign long-term is Steve McLendon, who is expected to become the starting nose tackle next season.
Many believe that Dwyer signed his contract early as a way to prove something to the team. During the 2012 season Dwyer became the main back on the team, but still lost carries to the other backs as the Steelers decided to go with a running back by committee approach rather than playing a feature back. Heading into the 2013 season it has been rumored that the Steelers will look for a running back in the draft, but Dwyer could still be the Steelers main back next season.
Dwyer possess an uncommon combination of size and speed. His running style is reminiscent of Jerome Bettis and behind a more consistent offensive line he could be a very good running back. During the 2012 season the Steelers had a three game stretch where they didn’t suffer an offensive line injury, which was very rare for that group last season. During that stretch Dwyer starter two games, but injured his hamstring and so Isaac Redman started the third game.
During those two games that Dwyer stared he played against the fifth best rushing defense in the league and the twelfth best rushing defense in the NFL.Therefore, it would be hard to argue that he was going up against easy defenses. In fact, it would be easy to say that Dwyer played against difficult defense, but with a consistent line in front of him he was a force on the ground. Over those two games Dwyer ran the ball 34 times for 229 yards and a touchdown. That’s a yards per carry of 6.7, which is a higher average than Arian Foster was able to put up at any point during the 2012 season.
Dwyer’s career average yards per carry is 4.3. That’s not an elite number, but it is still good enough to be a solid player in the running game. During the 2012 season Foster averaged only 4.1 yards per carry as did Steven Jackson, who many Steelers fans are hoping comes to Pittsburgh in free agency.
One of the most exciting things about Dwyer is his age. Dwyer will turn 24 in July of this year. Some of the prospects coming out in this years NFL draft are only a few months younger (Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones is three months younger) than Dwyer and Dwyer already has three years of NFL experience under his belt.
By signing his tender early on Dwyer has made is clear to the Steelers that he is excited to come back and is hoping to be the starter in 2013. He will have to work hard this off-season and during training camp to earn the starting job, but he has what it takes to be a very good running back. However, as stated above when the offensive line plays well the running backs play well so the most important fix for the running game will be to get the offensive line to gel as a group and fix their injury issues.
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