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Agent: Cardinals, RB Mendenhall agree to deal

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Running back Rashard Mendenhall agreed to a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

Mendenhall's agent, Mike McCartney, announced the pending transaction.

A first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Mendenhall had his most productive NFL seasons under the watch of offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, and re-joins his former coach in Arizona.

Arians, hired as a first-time head coach by the Cardinals in January, were given the first chance to sign Mendenhall, who also planned to visit the Denver Broncos.

Signing a short-term deal allows Mendenhall to prove his health before returning to free agency next season, or working out a long-term deal with the Cardinals.

A fifth-year pro with 3,549 career rushing yards, Mendenhall, 25, played in six games last season. He was limited to 51 carries for 182 yards because of injuries.

The Cardinals released former first-round pick Beanie Wells on Monday.

Arizona was ineffective offensively last season, but notably inept running the ball. They averaged 3.4 yards per carry and were led in rushing by LaRod Stephens-Howling with 356 yards on 110 carries.
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