Kenyan Drake thankful for opportunity with Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake had a phenomenal season with the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL campaign. Due to his impressive numbers, the Cardinals decided to place the transition tag on him.
Drake ended up signing the one-year tender offer, worth $8.4 million. However, he’s hopeful he can get a long-term deal.
During a recent appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio (via Pro Football Talk), Drake expressed that he’s going to continue to work hard this upcoming season for a long-term deal in the future:
“With them tagging me, it wasn’t really a slap in the face or anything … They wanted to get a gauge on my market and everything happened how it did. Signing the tag puts me in a pretty decent position from a financial standpoint, especially among my fellow running backs. I’m fortunate that they saw in me what I see in myself, hopefully we can continue to work on a long-term deal in the future.”
Drake made an immediate impact for the Cardinals after he was shipped out by the Miami Dolphins before the trade deadline. The 26-year-old started in eight games with the Cardinals, rushing for 643 yards and eight touchdowns on 123 carries. Additionally, he had 28 receptions for 171 more yards.
Nevertheless, after running back David Johnson got traded to the Houston Texans, Drake should get plenty of more opportunities rushing the ball. Drake proved last season that he can excel in the Cardinals’ offensive system. It’ll be interesting to see what he can do as a full year starter this upcoming season.