Steve Keim: We look forward to rewarding David Johnson

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There’s been talk about running back David Johnson signing a contract extension with the Cardinals before the start of the regular season and the fire to get that done got turned up a bit this week when he opted not to take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp.

Figuring out exactly where an extension would fall for Johnson may not be easy as he followed up a terrific 2016 campaign by missing all but a half of last season with a wrist injury. However that process plays out, Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim confirmed it’s a priority for the team as they move forward.

“I don’t think there is any question David is one of our core players and someone we look forward to having a long-term future with,” Keim said, via the team’s website . “[It’s] no different from in the past, when we’ve rewarded players like Pat Peterson, Chandler Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, just to name a few. There’s no doubt in my mind moving forward that we will keep a positive outlook and again, look forward to rewarding him just like we have players in the past.”

With an August 7 deadline for Johnson to report to training camp in order to gain the accrued season he needs to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, an extended holdout is an unlikely course of action whether a new deal is struck by camp or not.

25 responses to “Steve Keim: We look forward to rewarding David Johnson

  1. Another colossal blunder coming. Why on earth would you overpay for an RB in this era?

    They were not in on the JimmyG Sweepstakes is mindnumbingly stupid and now they’re paying Bradford 20 mil per as Larry Fitzgerald iS also overpaid with Chandler Jones.

    Wasn’t the Honey Badger contract dumb enough? keim has no idea what he is doing, clearly.

  2. Keim might understand the concept of keeping a team’s core players, but obviously AZ needs to do much more than that alone.

    Chandler Jones & Larry Fitz overpaid, though? Jones was top in League for Sacks and TFLs last year… pretty hard to overpay that kind of defender. And Fitzgerald stepped up his game after that mediocre 2014 season with 3 straight 100+ REC/1000+ YARD seasons. Mathieu is an enigma… I’m not sure if he was overhyped or poorly-utilized.

  3. Snead and the Rams keep saying the same thing about Donald. The NFL is the stingiest league on the planet. The moment a guy signs one of these top of the market contracts, the media starts the clock on it being a team cap busting move.

  4. dougchillin says:
    June 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    So what does Leveon Bell do if David Johnson signs a deal worth $10M a year?

    Probably rap about “needing 20 mil or I won’t take the field”

  5. Lots of talk about never paying for a RB, but are you really going to find someone to replace a guy like David Johnson and the production he brings? I keep reading and hearing about RBs being “a dime a dozen” and yet most teams have bad to horrible running games every year. And no, using the Patriots as an example of not needing a good RB isn’t valid. They’re the exception to pretty much every rule in the NFL. Ask Aaron Rodgers if he wouldn’t like the Packers to pay for a good running back.

  6. “[It’s] no different from in the past, when we’ve rewarded players like Pat Peterson, Chandler Jones, Larry Fitzgerald, Carson Palmer, just to name a few“

    With two playoff wins since 2009, maybe it should be different from in the past.

  7. “Why on earth would you overpay for an RB in this era?”

    I don’t know… Maybe because he’s one of the most dominating players in the league right now?

  8. David missed 15.5 games last season and now he’s holding out? In fact he ended 2016 injured against the Rams, and their knee diving dirty players,then busted his wrist game 1 against the Lions. All he has is one great season to stand on!!

  9. tylawspick6 says:
    June 14, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    Another colossal blunder coming. Why on earth would you overpay for an RB in this era?
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    When will people like stop getting shocked when teams pay a premium for running backs with elite running and receiving skills? Saquon Barkley went number 2 because he graded out as an elite runner and receiver. The Steelers, who usually refrain from Willy nilly handing out huge contracts, offered Bell $12 million per season, when it’s he’s turn to get paid Todd Gurley will sign a monster deal, as Zeke Elliot in Dallas. All those backs are elite players at their positions with an overall skill set that is hard for most other running backs to match hence they get elite money.

  10. RB got devalued because the yards and points are easy enough to replace. Look who is standing at the end of each season though, and they rely on the running game. Teams serious about winning playoff games still value the position.

  11. Almost as much as the rest of the league looks forward to Fourth place in the NFC W as a lock for these guys. Keep up the great work Steve.

  12. Prima donna is not a good look for DJ after really only one good season on his resume. Tyrann Mathieu had a much more impressive body of work and Keim kicked him to the curb w/o blinking an eye, and Tye was also VERY active in the community and a BIG fan favorite for his work with kids. David has not quite reached the level where he can cop an attitude and fans will overlook it but needs to be using every opportunity to learn the new system and become the leader he seems to think is his rightful spot.
    Larry, Patrick, Chandler, Carson didn’t “hold out” and not show up to work to make the team (and themselves) better and therefore earned their contracts (which were later reworked to help the team).
    Seems like David is listening to some bad advice, and should tale notice of the other talented RBs in the league like Leonard Fournette, Alvin Kamara, Kareem Hunt, Leveon Bell,Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon,Devonta Freeman etc., who will burn his stats if he doesn’t stay hungry for more than a big contract.
    It’s a new day with a new coach and a new system and DJ needs to wake up and smell the competition.
    Keim is a slow learner so he will, no doubt, write another bad contract rather than taking a wait’n’ see attitude and if need be using the franchise tag (if Johnson’s eligible and worth it).

  13. “Lots of talk about never paying for a RB, but are you really going to find someone to replace a guy like David Johnson and the production he brings?”
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    Yeah, his production last season was all world…

  14. ganzendofstory says:
    June 14, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    “Lots of talk about never paying for a RB, but are you really going to find someone to replace a guy like David Johnson and the production he brings?”
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    Yeah, his production last season was all world…

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    He broke his freaking wrist week 1. When he’s on the field, his production is All-World. His first two seasons he scored more TD’s than Lev Bell did in his first 4 seasons, he broke both Barry Sanders and Marcus Allen’s records posting 15 straight games of 100+YDs in 2016 when he posted an All-Pro/Pro-Bowl season posting more than 2100+YDs from scrimmage and 20 freaking Touchdowns. In his first two seasons he posted 33TDs , becoming only the 3rd RB in NFL HISTORY to post 33TDs in his first 31 career games, despite not starting till half way thru his rookie year, that is pretty much the definition of an All-World caliber RB, he is a generational talent. Obviously you havent the first clue as to what you’re talking about.

  15. “He broke his freaking wrist week 1…blah…blah…blah…”
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    Yes, and he was missed 15.5 games because of a broken “freaking” wrist. Not the type of character I would break the bank on. He might miss 8 games with an ingrown hair…

  16. dougchillin says:
    June 14, 2018 at 1:40 pm
    So what does Leveon Bell do if David Johnson signs a deal worth $10M a year?

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    cobrala2 says:
    June 14, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    Keim might understand the concept of keeping a team’s core players, but obviously AZ needs to do much more than that alone.

    Chandler Jones & Larry Fitz overpaid, though? Jones was top in League for Sacks and TFLs last year… pretty hard to overpay that kind of defender. And Fitzgerald stepped up his game after that mediocre 2014 season with 3 straight 100+ REC/1000+ YARD seasons. Mathieu is an enigma… I’m not sure if he was overhyped or poorly-utilized.

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    Sack collection against mediocre or bad teams is not worthy of 15 million per year. Chandler Jones disappears late in the season and doesn’t produce vs elite LTs, so yes, he’s overpaid, hence why he was traded in the first place.

    Fitzgerald is clearly overpaid at his age. It’s insanity.

  17. There a number of things stated as fact on this page that are flat our wrong.

    Jones didn’t disappear late in the season, he had seven sacks in their last six games, and he had multiple sacks against division rivals. He’s clearly better than Joe Thuney, the big “prize” for the Pats in the Chandler Jones trade. Thing is, Thuney is one of the worst rated offensive linemen in the league. The other “prize” was Jonathan Cooper, who was promptly cut.

    Fitzgerald led the league in receptions in 2016, and finished 2nd in the league in receptions (by two catches) in 2017 with third string QBs. How is he overpaid – he’s always healthy and always brings it to every game?

    Keim made a mistake with Honey Badger, but had the stones to admit it and cut him. Sure, they eat his number this year, but they had to do it to avoid a big cap hit for next season. That’s called a “business decision.”

    For those of you mavens who are sooooo concerned about the Cardinals cap situation, you may want to note that they drastically improved it with the retirement of Palmer and the cutting of Mathieu. After this season, they can cut Bradford and let Rosen play, which saves them even more. Of course, you aren’t actually going to make any good faith suggestions or efforts on how to improve their cap situation, because you never do.

    Here’s some negativity for ya: the Patriots’ horrendous defense and poor offensive line play is going to really become apparent when TB12 is gone. No rookie QB can fix that. Karma is coming soon!

  18. Here’s some negativity for ya: the Patriots’ horrendous defense and poor offensive line play is going to really become apparent when TB12 is gone. No rookie QB can fix that. Karma is coming soon!

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    how is the # 1 rated d in 2016, ravaged by injuries in 2017, but still in a super bowl, “horrendous”? it is an impossibility with what you just stated based on the facts. even as ravaged as the d was, in the last 12 weeks, they allowed the fewest amount of points in the entire nfl.

    try again

    also, how is he greatest ol coach in nfl history putting out a bad ol as the offenses is rated #1 almost every year?

    what you just said simply does not make sense. at all

  19. how is the # 1 rated d in 2016, ravaged by injuries in 2017, but still in a super bowl, “horrendous”? it is an impossibility with what you just stated based on the facts. even as ravaged as the d was, in the last 12 weeks, they allowed the fewest amount of points in the entire nfl.

    Over the course of the season, the Patriots gave up more yards than any other team. Opponents averaged 29 points per game against them. The only reason why it’s “only” 29/ppg is that the Patriots’ defense improved as the season went on, they were giving up far more than 29 ppg during the first half of the season.

    Fantasy football experts were right to say that if you’ve got guys on your roster playing the Patsies, to start them because the Patriots’ defense stinks. And guess what? They gave up 41 points to a backup QB in the Super Bowl.

    Again, TB12 is the only thing holding NE together. Good luck winning with a #32 ranked defense and any QB not named Tom Brady, you’ll need it!

  20. Lol these people saying don’t overpay for one of the best and most versatile players in the NFL? But if it was Leveon Bell no one would question the Steelers paying to keep him.

  21. You are right cardinalsfan. The haters like Babe and Kam just don’t want to see the Cardinals do well, and are in denial about them being a good team.

  22. kamthechancellor says:
    June 14, 2018 at 2:20 pm
    Awesome…eat up that cap space. DJ ain’t coming cheap either
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    No different than stupidly giving all your money to 3 defensive backs while your O-line suffers.

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