After adding Carson Palmer at quarterback this offseason, new Cardinals coach Bruce Arians went searching for a known quantity in the backfield. Mendenhall and Arians spent four seasons together in Pittsburgh. While the Steelers got tired of the five-year pro, Mendenhall is proving to be a logical fit for the Cardinals.
"He's a big back who never has to come out of the game," Arians said in March. "He has a 230-pound body with 180-pound feet."