Report: Cardinals RB David Johnson expected to get contract extension before season
Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is working his way back to full strength after missing virtually all of last season due to a wrist injury. And it seems that the Cardinals could also be set to work on getting him a brand new deal before he steps back onto the field for a competitive game.
According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Johnson — who is in the final year of his deal and will make $1.9 million this season — and the Cardinals are likely to be in talks on a contract extension before the start of the season:
“I don’t see any way he plays just for that,” Garafolo said. “I truly believe that the Cardinals and David Johnson at some point will negotiate a contract extension before the season.”
Garafolo adds that the Cardinals have a lot of incentive to lock Johnson up before hitting free agency next offseason, as his price could skyrocket if he does follow through on his plan to top 1,000 rushing and receiving yards this year.
Johnson, 26, proved to be one of the best running backs in the league in his last fully healthy season in 2016. He rushed for 1,239 yards with 16 rushing touchdowns and added 879 receiving yards and four more TDs as he made First-Team All-Pro.
With some question marks still surrounding the Cardinals’ quarterback this situation this season, Johnson could be set for another huge year as the focal point of the team’s offense.
Johnson will likely expect to be one of, if not the highest paid running back in the league with his upcoming deal. And if he comes anywhere close to matching his magical 2016 season, he’d be well worth it.