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Cardinals HC Steve Keim says Arizona ‘look forward to rewarding’ David Johnson

Following Pro Bowl running back David Johnson’s decision to sit out mandatory workouts, it has put the Arizona Cardinals in the position of having to address the contract situation of their star offensive talent.

General manager Steve Keim has quickly gotten out in front of it entirely by stating that the Cardinals are looking ahead toward working a new lucrative extension that Johnson deserves to earn, according to the Cardinals official team website (h/t Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.)

“I don’t think there is any question David is one of our core players and someone we look forward to having a long-term future with,” Keim said, via the team’s website . “[It’s] no different from in the past, when we’ve rewarded players like Pat Peterson, Chandler Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, just to name a few. There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past.”

Despite seeing his 2017 season get derailed in Week 1 due to a wrist injury that required surgery, Johnson has quickly proven to be one of the top all-around running backs when healthy. He put that on full display two campaigns ago where he set franchise records for yards from scrimmage (2,118) and touchdowns (20) that helped earn a Pro Bowl Selection and a first-team All-Pro nod.

Johnson is dealing with a minor injury setback, but there isn’t any real level of concern with the injury that was especially made clear through these comments from Keim. This time off until the start of training camp next month should be enough for him to recover from whatever ailment is dealing with at this time.

There may not be a rush to get a new deal in place, but the team will likely aim to get that out of the way in the near future that could see him become one of the highest-paid running backs in the league.