David Johnson’s time with the Arizona Cardinals seems to be coming to an end. ESPN Cardinals reporter Josh Weinfuss is reporting that he expects the Cardinals to part ways from Johnson after five seasons with the team.
The situation the Cardinals face is that by releasing Johnson, they would be creating $18.3 million in dead money. He signed a three-year, $39 million extension with the team in 2018. The deal included $30 million guaranteed.
David Johnson’s Career
Johnson was drafted by the Cardinals back in 2015 in the third round of the draft. He got off to a fast start in his career when he rushed for 1,239 yards and 16 rushing touchdowns with 879 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2016.
Injuries affected his play from that point on. At the end of the 2017 season, Johnson sprained his MCL. Then he dislocated his wrist which resulted in him losing the rest of the season. The injuries kept him from his 2016 season and never recovered. His last two seasons were disappointments as the play of the team fell apart as well.
Kenyan Drake was traded to the Cardinals in the middle of the season from the Miami Dolphins. Drake ran for 363 yards in the last three games of the season for the Cardinals to raise questions about Johnson. Johnson wasn’t as good of a fit in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense than Drake is for the team.
David Johnson’s Future in the NFL
Johnson is a dynamic player who can do it all from catching to running out of the backfield. He would be worth the risk for any team to take a chance on him. His injury issues are a concern, but he’s 28. He’s still got plenty in the tank to keep going. He can be a running back and flex out as a receiver in any offense. The question is who will sign the running back?
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