Cardinals release running back Beanie Wells

Brian McIntyre

The Arizona Cardinals have released running back Beanie Wells on Monday, the 2009 first-round pick out of Ohio State announced on Twitter.

"Just been informed that I'll be released today. Would like to thank the Cardinals organization for give me a chance to live out my Dreams", Wells wrote on Twitter.

Wells has struggled with injuries throughout his four seasons with the Cardinals, carrying the ball 625 times for 2,471 yards with 24 touchdowns in 51 games. Wells appeared to be on the path towards living up to his first-round draft status in 2011, rushing for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Wells suffered a toe injury that landed him on the "Injured Reserve-Designated to Return" list during the 2012 season. In eight games in 2012, Wells ran for 234 yards and five touchdowns, averaging a career-low 2.7 yards per carry.

The 24-year-old Wells was entering the fifth and final season of his $9.6 million rookie contract and was scheduled to earn $1,407,500 in base salary with a $50,000 workout bonus this season. Releasing Wells saves $1.4575 million in cap space this season for the Cardinals, who will now see 2011 second-round pick Ryan Williams ascend to the top of the depth chart.