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Cardinals RB David Johnson to hold out from mandatory minicamp

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Arizona Cardinals star running back David Johnson will not take part in the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp this week as he holds out for a new contract, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Schefter adds that the two sides have been discussions regarding a new deal and that the two sides are hopeful of coming to terms on a deal. Johnson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, is set to make $1.8 million in 2018. By skipping the mandatory practices, Johnson would be fined around $84,000.

Johnson is set to make his return after missing virtually all of last season due to a broken wrist he suffered in Week 1.

It was a disappointing blow for Johnson, who was coming off a brilliant season in 2016 where he had 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns. After just missing out on joining the exclusive 1,000/1,000 club that year, Johnson has made that one of his main goals this year.

Even though the Cardinals have yet to see Johnson back in action in a competitive game since the injury, they are likely going to make him one of, if not the highest paid running back in the league with his upcoming contract–if they do come to terms.

Johnson will likely be asked to live up to that lucrative contract immediately this season given the shape of their offense. With question marks surrounding the quarterback position-Sam Bradford’s health and rookie Josh Rosen’s readiness-he will have to carry a significant load on offense to keep the Cardinals competitive this season.