Arizona Cardinals will not cut David Johnson, could trade him
Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim has made it clear the team won’t be cutting David Johnson because it’s important for the team to have more than one good back, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals team website.
Added that in backfield, "you can't just have one back."
— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) February 14, 2020
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network added the team could still look at trading him, but it would take the perfect deal to get the Cardinals to bite.
Cutting David Johnson is out. Trading would make sense if the Cardinals knew they were getting back Kenyan Drake (and if they’d eat some $$ to make it happen). https://t.co/L9gayrJlBT
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2020
The 2019 season was disappointing for Johnson, who finished with only 715 total yards of offense. He was benched most of the second half of the season. The team brought in Kenyan Drake near the end of the year and he flashed with the offense. Many believe the team will bring Drake back, which is where the talk about Johnson being moved has come from.
Cardinals team president and chairman Michael Bidwill said he still has hopes that Johnson can get his game back to his 2016 year production.
“My expectations are obviously go back to the 2016 season and his rookie year,” said Cardinals team president and chairman Michael Bidwill in a radio interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Wednesday. ‘He was such a productive player on the field. Those are his, too. He had some real challenges this year getting back to those levels on the field.”
Bidwill wasn’t ready to speculate on his status going forward with the team.
“He’s a member of the organization just like anybody else that’s under contract and that’s where it is,” he said.
This is going to be an interesting storyline to follow, but best case scenario would be Johnson returning to his old production.