The Cincinnati Bengals were hoping to add a dynamic running back in the 2012 NFL Draft to pair with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. They didn't have to look far, as the city of Cincinnati featured one of college football's best running-backs in 2011 in Isaiah Pead.
The Bearcats workhorse back notched 1259 rushing yards and 12 TDs to with 39 receptions for 319 yards and another 3 TDs in 2011. Pead ranks third in Bearcats history in rushing yards (3,288) and rushing touchdowns (27). Most believed he'd be an impact player his first year for whatever team drafted him.
The Bengals showed interest, but it was the St. Louis Rams who drafted him 58th-overall in the 2012 draft. Sadly, injuries, a suspension and inconsistent play have plagued his career. The latest setback came in the form of an ACL tear vs the Green Bay Packers in Week 2 of the preseason.
The Rams have now decided to waive Pead. Should Pead clear waivers, he can revert to the Rams and go on injured reserve for the entire season or reach an injury settlement that makes him a free agent.
Since coming into the NFL, Pead has carried the ball a total of 17 times for 75 yards to go with 14 catches for 94 yards in his two seasons with St. Louis.