Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals agree to terms on deal for David Johnson

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By Alexander Mann March 16, 2020 0 Comment
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The NFL’s legal tampering window is now open, and it has started off with a bang for the Arizona Cardinals.

The news of the Arizona Cardinals placing a transition tag on Kenyan Drake came as a bit of a surprise to many fans and media members. Now we may have a bit more insight into why the tag was placed.

The Transition tag for Drake is $8.5 million. That coupled with David Johnson‘s $14.2 million cap hit puts Arizona into the top spots for their backfield salaries. It seemed odd, considering the team had less than 35 million in cap space, and numerous holes to fill.

A simple rumor

It started with a simple rumor.

Aaron Wilson, who covers the Texans for the Houston Chronicle, reported that the Texans are exploring a number of different trade options, one of which includes the Cardinals All-Pro running back, David Johnson. He adds that there are three other teams interested in making a move for the former third-round selection.

Adam Schefter confirms that Arizona has agreed to terms with Houston to send David Johnson to the Texans.

And now we know the early returns:

 

The returns

That late-round pick will be a fourth-round selection for the Cardinals. The Texans get the Cardinals second-round pick this year and a fourth-round selection in 2021.

Johnson has not been the same back who once earned All-Pro accolades, battling injuries and just not appearing to be the same runner fans had once watched. Johnson was a fan favorite early in his career but fell from grace with both fans and the new coaching staff in 2019.

With the addition of Hopkins, the Cardinals could feature one of the top wide receiver rooms in the league. The Cardinals have a number of young players, Andy Isabella, Hakeem Butler, and KeeSean Johnson to name a few. They are still rumored to be attached to CeeDee Lamb in the first round as well. With Fitzgerald back for at least one more year, the Cardinals have two potential Hall of Fame receivers headlining the team.

The Arizona Cardinals acquired Kenyan Drake midway through the 2019 season, which saw David Johnson moved to a support role. Johnson did not see a snap in the final game of the 2019 season.

The Cardinals still have a lot of work to do on the defensive side of the ball, but today’s moves show that Kliff and Keim are committed to placing the tools around Kyler Murray to succeed.

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