Cardinals Sign RB David Johnson To Three-Year, $39M Extension

Adam Schefter reports that the Cardinals have signed RB David Johnson to a three-year, $39 million extension worth up to $45 million and includes $30 million guaranteed.

  • According to Tom Pelissero, Johnson receives almost $24 million guaranteed at signing and will make $28 million by next March.

Johnson is now under team control through the 2021 season.

This is interesting, considering that recent reports mentioned that the Cardinals and Johnson were unlikely to have an agreement in place before the season opener.

Johnson’s new deal falls short of the four-year, $60 million extension that included $45 million guaranteed signed by Rams RB Todd Gurley. However, the good news is that he could match the $15 million per year Gurley makes by hitting the incentives included in his contract.

Johnson previously made the decision to skip mandatory minicamp for a new contract, but elected to end his holdout and report to the team for the start of training camp.

Johnson, 26, was taken in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $2.992 million contract and was set to make a base salary of $705,000 for the 2018 season.

In 2017, Johnson appeared in one game and rushed for 23 yards on 11 carries to go along with six receptions for 67 yards receiving.

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