“It’s a huge weight lifted off my shoulders,” Ellington said. “But there wasn’t a doubt in my mind I wanted to continue my career here. I came in, the fan base embraced me, they treated me like family.”
As surprising as this is, Ellington is just the second running back to sign a free agent contract since the market officially open last week.
Ellington, 28, is a former sixth-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $2,263,864 rookie contract that included a base salary of $1,671,000 for the 2016 season and was testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
In 2016, Ellington appeared all 16 games for the Cardinals and rushed for 96 yards on 34 carries (2.8 YPC) to go along with 12 receptions for 85 yards receiving and no touchdowns. He also contributed 163 kick return yards.