Cardinals Sign David Johnson To Extension

Despite it being reported that there would likely be no agreement between the Cardinals and David Johnson on a new deal before the season started, a deal on an extension has been reached according to Adam Schefter of ESPN (Twitter link).

Schefter reports the deal is for three years and $39MM. It’s worth “up to” $45MM presumably through incentives. The deal will keep Johnson in Arizona through the 2021 season. Johnson didn’t do quite as well as Todd Gurley did on his recent extension but it’s still a huge sum of money, especially for a running back.

$30MM of the deal is guaranteed at signing for Johnson, who broke onto the scene with a dominant 2016. He missed almost the entire 2017 season with a wrist injury, but is fully healthy heading into 2017. Previously set to enter the final year of his deal, Johnson will turn 27 in December.

Taken in the third round out of Northern Iowa back in 2015, Johnson put up 1,239 yards on the ground, and another 879 through the air in 2016, with 20 total touchdowns. Along with Gurley’s deal, this is another sign that the market for top running backs is increasing greatly, and an every down back is beginning to be valued like a receiver in terms of salary.

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    • crosseyedlemon

      Like McCoy in Buffalo he will have to carry the team on his back and it won’t come easy with defenses schemed to stop him.

      • Clark K

        Johnson missed almost all of the 2017 season and if he gets all of his incentives it’s 15M per year. Gurley got about 15M per year. This is nothing but good for Bell

        • Freddy H

          Really bad for Bell.. The Steelers have been offering him 15 over 5.. He wants 18…

          How could you possibly think this is good for Bell??
          Someone much younger got 15, someone comparable (albeit injured last yr) took 15 over 3.. Hes not going to get much more than the Steelers offered, and play for a worse team.

    • bradthebluefish

      Actually, I concur. This contract Johnson helps Pittsburg in telling Bell to be more realistic.

  1. rlozada1218

    Bell does not want “much more” bro. The cheap Steelers only guaranteed 20 million, how does that even make sense?

  2. steelerbravenation

    Was never about the per year in the Bell mess it’s all about the guarantee. Last year Pitt offered more than that. Also Johnson doesn’t have a substance abuse suspension over his head either. Both him and Gurley are younger than Bell and have less tread on their RB bodies.
    You said it yourself IF they reaches his incentives they get 15 million per Bell wants that without reaching incentives huge difference.
    As a Steeler fan who is a Bell fan I am not comfortable with a RB getting that much guaranteed money esp with having already served a 4 game ban.

    • Freddy H

      Bell is one of the best RB’s ive ever seen play the game..
      That said, Steelers got his prime and shouldn’t strap their cap when theyre capable of replacing skill position players.
      Even Jaylen Samuels already looks fluid, and he was what? 6th round pick?

      Bryce Love could hypothetically fall to 32, a5 worst they get the #2 back on their board.
      Drafting a RB is easy.. Good RBs come and go..

      Hope Bell gets what he wants, and not in Pittsburgh.

  3. JJB0811

    Skins should offer AP, a 2nd, & another expiring contract for Bell, along those lines. Use the 3 year deal AZ did w/ a hair more cash, put in stipulations about DT’s and personal conduct added.

    Alex has always done better w/ a sound running game and one that could catch as well. It’d probably mean a 9 win season for Washington and would give J Gruden another year (2019) as a HC which pays better than OC.

    • tharrie0820

      I don’t think he can be traded until he signs his franchise tag, and I don’t see him doing that unless he gets the deal he wants, which the skins can’t give him since the deadline for extending tagged players has passed

      • JJB0811

        You could be right, I’m not sure. I would bet the league would allow a different team to negotiate w/ a tagged player. The trade deadline is still open until week 8, I think.

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