Despite every indication that the Pittsburgh Steelers were moving in a different direction, the team is now discussing a new contract for running back Rashard Mendenhall, according to ESPN.com.
It's very odd timing considering Mendenhall was deactivated a few weeks ago for the contest against the Baltimore Ravens, which was on the heels of him being demoted to third string behind Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman. Not to mention Mendenhall was never told any of this by coaches or the front office, but found it out through players on the team.
Now, the embattled star is suspended for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, but that apparently hasn't stopped either side from discussing a long-term future together.
It appeared the two parties were ready to part ways once the season ended and Mendenhall became a free agent. That's still the most likely outcome, since Mendenhall will almost certainly want to field offers from other teams.
Still, this is worth keeping half an eye on as the Steelers try to make the playoffs once again.