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Rex Ryan on former Steelers RB Dri Archer: "I guess there's a reason Pittsburgh let him go"

Former Pittsburgh Steelers RB Dri Archer is refusing to show up for work for the Buffalo Bills, which could point to an underlying issue with the speedy tailback.

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Just for a second, forget about the Pittsburgh Steelers taking running back Dri Archer in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Now that your blood pressure has returned to normal, there have been few proverbial drops a precipitous as Archer's in the last calendar year.

Archer started the 2015 season on the Pittsburgh roster, assuming his usual role of kick returner and running back/wide receiver. Although he didn't fill many of those roles well, he still had a helmet on most game days...until November. It was this month when the Steelers cut ties with Archer to bring in veteran Jacoby Jones.

Jones had been horrible for the San Diego Chargers before the transaction moved him to the Steel City, which could have pointed more to what the team thought of Archer, than it did of Jones' fading ability. Nonetheless, Jones was equally horrendous in a black and gold uniform, and was eventually released himself in the waning weeks of the 2015 season.

Archer spent the remainder of last season looking for work, and this offseason was claimed by the New York Jets. After spending a few months in the Big Apple, Archer was released and claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills. This is where the story gets good. Why? Because he never showed up.

As the organization placed him on the Reserve/Did Not Report list, head coach Rex Ryan doesn't know what to think about the situation, considering he has never even spoken to Archer since acquiring him.

"I never even talked to the kid, so we'll see what happens," said Ryan, via Don Banks of Sports Illustrated. "He won't return a call. Is it him not wanting to be a Bill, or is it something else? I don't know, but I guess there's a reason Pittsburgh let him go [last November]. But when you find something out, let us know, because I've never even talked to him."

For the Steelers, this is just the latest strange move of a former player this offseason. Brandon Boykin signed a new contract with the Carolina Panthers, only to be released two months later, and now Archer is pulling an "Office Space" by not showing up to work and not taking phone calls.

Maybe it seems the Steelers knew exactly what they were doing in making these decisions.