Posted: 3/20/2020 5:06 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was officially dealt to the Houston Texans along with a second-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft Friday, March 20. The Texans sent WR DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, as well as a fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Johnson will likely fill the lion's share of backfield duties alongside Duke Johnson. The former All-Pro hasn't topped 1,000 rushing yards since 2016 while playing all 16 games just once in the last three seasons. He'll have plenty of work, but he's a risky RB2 pick following several injuries.
Posted: 3/16/2020 5:10 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was reportedly traded to the Houston Texans on Monday, March 16. Further details of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
Posted: 3/16/2020 5:07 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson was traded to the Houston Texans on Monday, March 16. Further details of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
Posted: 3/12/2020 5:50 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson likely will not be a target for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers if he is placed on the trade block by the Cardinals.
Huddle Up: Johnson lost his starting job this past season and could be joining another team this offseason. He has played well in the past, so a change of scenery could help him. Johnson has a chance to be at least a No. 2 or 3 fantasy running back depending on his situation.
Posted: 2/25/2020 9:50 pm UTC
Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is still valued by the team, according to general manager Steve Keim Tuesday, Feb. 25. 'He's a guy who's shown he can do it,' Keim said. 'I think because of the success that Kenyan (Drake) had, because of the success Chase (Edmonds) had, I think that's something that will be a chip on his shoulder. He's going to want to come back and play well and again because of his skillset, he's such a big talented athlete, we certainly think he can jump back in and do some good things for us.'
Huddle Up: Johnson has struggled the last three seasons since his All-Pro 2016 campaign while battling various injuries. He lost work to Kenyan Drake at the end of last season and he's a wild card until it's known how the Cardinals' backfield depth chart will stack up.
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.