David Johnson motivated by his contract situation and “so much more”


David Johnson will enter the 2018 season without a contract extension.

Despite both sides having optimism two months ago about getting it done, a new deal for the Cardinals’ star running back did not happen.

Johnson admitted Wednesday his contract situation provides motivation, but “there’s so much more stuff” motivating him. Per Darren Urban of the team website, Johnson also is motivated by those wondering whether he can return to his 2016 form.

“I think everyone has a question mark on me,” Johnson said. “They don’t know how good I’m going to be.

“I don’t know, a lot of people probably overlook what I did in 2016.”

Johnson, 26, led the league with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns in 2016. But he missed 15 games last season after injuring his wrist on his 17th touch in the season opener.

He is scheduled to make $1.88 million in base salary in the final year of his deal.

8 responses to “David Johnson motivated by his contract situation and “so much more”

  1. I agree. With the Lev Bell situation becoming a drama the Cards will want to avoid that. Cards will meet in the middle and give DJ and his future some security.

  2. Hey kamthechancellor, you must really be concerned about the Cardinals beating your Seahawks. You can’t stop yourself from following every single move and story that comes out of Phoenix. You are obsessed with BirdGang…

  3. He’s about to get Le’veoned. Year to year buddy….sorry franchise tag can be abused for the next 3 years then you hit free agency at 29 with the weekly pounding of a 3-down back. Welcome to today’s NFL sir.
    – League Owners

  4. I’d like the think the cards have some class unlike the Steelers who have essentially abused the franchise tag against Bell. Now by waiting and Gurley resetting the market, if Johnson has another season like 2016, he’s going to want a contract similar to girley’s and is less than a handful of rb’s who is truly worthy of getting it, Bell being another.

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