Cardinals RB David Johnson joins Larry Fitzgerald in recruiting Kirk Cousins
Heading into the free agency period, Pro Bowl quarterback Kirk Cousins is expected to be a highly sought-out asset by several teams wanting an upgrade at the position. Among these franchises will be the Arizona Cardinals, who have a glaring need to fill the spot with the retirement of Carson Palmer a few months ago.
The Cardinals have already seen All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald make a public push on more than one occasion to the 29-year-old to sign with the team. Pro Bowl running back David Johnson has joined the fray by taking to social media on Friday to recruit Cousins to Arizona.
c’mon @KirkCousins8 stop messing with every1 & tell them you’re coming to the desert.
— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) March 9, 2018
This isn’t the first time that Johnson has pushed for Cousins, as he had similar sentiments on a few occasions during various interviews leading up to Super Bowl LII. The fact that he has been quite vocal speaks to the pressing need that the franchise has at the position. Hopefully (for their sake), having two of the team’s most talented offensive players aggressively involved in the recruiting process will solidify their sales pitch.
Although Johnson saw his 2017 campaign end prematurely due to a wrist injury, he is expected to be back on the field well ahead of next season. When healthy, the 26-year-old has proven to be one of the best all-around running backs in the league that can be a huge factor as both a runner and receiver out of the backfield.
He is just a year removed from his breakout season where he finished with more than 2,000 total scrimmages yards while placing seventh in rushing yards and second in rushing touchdowns. Johnson also recorded 80 catches for 879 receiving yards and four touchdowns, leading the league in receiving yards for running backs.
The presence of both Johnson and Fitzgerald could be an appealing aspect to help convince Cousins to join the Cardinals. The team also possesses a promising defense with high-impact players on that side of the ball that should bounce back in 2018.
Arizona has been widely reported as one of the teams in the mix to land Cousins, alongside the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and Cleveland Browns. The involvement of Johnson and Fitzgerald could set the table for an intense recruiting process when the new league year finally begins.