Posted: 2/16/2020 3:17 pm UTC
The Arizona Cardinals could trade RB David Johnson during the offseason if they decide to give impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake the franchise tag or sign him to a contract extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Johnson's current contract includes a substantial amount of guaranteed money, which would make it nearly impossible for the Cardinals to cut him, so they are likely to wind up eating a great deal of cash in any potential trade, even if a draft pick is included. Drake should be viewed as a high-end RB2 option in next season's fantasy drafts if he returns to Arizona, with Johnson likely falling into the low-end RB2 range if he winds up elsewhere.
Posted: 2/14/2020 4:08 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is not an option to be cut, according to general manager Steve Keim. 'You can't just have one back,' Keim said.
Huddle Up: The team used Johnson like a run-of-the-mill backup and not like a player that was one of the top picks in fantasy two years ago. It's hard to see him returning, and it would behoove him to play elsewhere. If he lands elsewhere, he'll be a low-end RB2 option.
Posted: 2/06/2020 5:29 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is scheduled to earn $10.2 million in 2020, with the entire amount guaranteed on the third day of the new league year. In the opinion of ESPN's Josh Weinfuss, it is possible Johnson will be a cap casualty with his 'production and contract going in opposite directions.'
Huddle Up: Working against such a move is the fact releasing Johnson would leave more than $18 million of dead money on Arizona's cap. There aren't many other alternatives - such as designating him as a post-June 1 cut - since the CBA is expiring and teams cannot push cap charges into the future. As such, the 28-year-old will probably stick around as veteran depth behind Kenyan Drake if the Cardinals can bring back the impending free agent or as a committee partner with Chase Edmonds if they cannot strike a deal.
Posted: 1/14/2020 2:36 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is due to count $14.156 million against the 2020 salary cap. Moving on from him would cost the Cardinals $16.2 million in dead money. Should the Cardinals wait until 2021 to part ways with Johnson, the dead money will be only $3 million with a savings of $9 million. Arizona would have to eat $6 million of remaining prorated signing bonus money if Johnson is traded.
Huddle Up: The front office wants Kenyan Drake to return, but he'll require an investment that becomes a tremendous amount of money for a backfield to soak up. It remains to be seen how the Cardinals will address Johnson's future, and he's barely on the fantasy football radar should he remain in the desert.
Posted: 12/14/2019 3:28 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was noncommittal about whether RB David Johnson would return to the team for the 2020 season. 'Those are the kind of conversations that will certainly be held internally,' Keim said in a radio interview on the 'Doug and Wolf' show on 98.7 FM Friday, Dec. 13. ' ... We'll take a deep dive into this roster and take a look at every guy.'
Huddle Up: Johnson is under contract for two more years with a lot of guaranteed money and has had an injury-filled, underwhelming season, so it will be difficult for the Cardinals to move him during the offseason. Since being acquired from the Dolphins before the trade deadline, Kenyan Drake has received the bulk of the carries in the Arizona backfield, severely limiting Johnson's fantasy value, although Drake hasn't done much since his Week 9 debut either. For now, Johnson owners can stash him on the bench in most fantasy formats based on lack of production and reduced playing time.
Posted: 12/04/2019 2:04 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake played 51 offensive snaps to 15 for David Johnson and zero for Chase Edmonds Sunday, Dec. 1, against the Los Angeles Rams.
Huddle Up: Drake has struggled to accomplish much since his Week 9 debut with the Cardinals, but he is receiving the lion's share of the work out of the backfield. He'll need to have a couple more big games before fantasy managers can trust him heading into the 2020 season.
Posted: 11/20/2019 2:04 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB Kenyan Drake played 88 percent of the offensive snaps against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Nov. 17. RB David Johnson played just nine total snaps, with all coming on offense.
Huddle Up: Drake has totaled 283 yards from scrimmage with a rushing touchdown in three games with the Cardinals. Arizona is on a bye this week which may allow David Johnson to get fully back up to speed and could even see Chase Edmonds return to the mix, but Drake heads into the break as the most appealing option all of a sudden.
Posted: 11/18/2019 3:14 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson didn't touch the ball in a 36-26 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 11.
Huddle Up: Johnson was expected to have to share touches with Kenyan Drake, but Drake ended up monopolizing the backfield work. Johnson owners can only stash Johnson on the bench and hope that an injury played a part in his lack of playing time. Regardless, it seems like he has taken a backseat to Drake.
Posted: 11/15/2019 8:10 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RBs Kenyan Drake and David Johnson will be used in a committee in Week 11 against the San Francisco 49ers, according to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who noted to reporters Friday, Nov. 15, that being named a starter at running back in his offense doesn't matter because of sub-packages.
Huddle Up: The Cardinals have seemingly been playing games with fantasy owners at running back ever since David Johnson first hurt his ankle last month. Just about anyone who watched Johnson run in Week 10 could see he is nowhere close to 100 percent, so fantasy owners should be able to plug Drake into their lineups and feel relatively good about his ability to deliver RB2 production.
Posted: 11/12/2019 3:16 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was benched by head coach Kliff Kingsbury in the Week 10 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in favor of RB Kenyan Drake. Johnson lost a fumble in the third quarter and Kingsbury like what he saw from Drake. 'We just felt like with Drake, needed to get something going and kept him rolling,' Kingsbury said Monday, Nov. 11. 'The last couple weeks, practices, games (he) has brought a little pop to the run game, the pass game, and we felt like he was the guy to try and close the game out with.'
Huddle Up: Kingsbury added that the decision was his and had nothing to do with Johnson's recent rash of injuries. He said he'll figure out the best role for both Johnson and Drake over the next few weeks. It's bad news for Johnson's fantasy owners, as he already has struggled to live up to his early-round draft status.