Cardinals GM Steve Keim referred to RB David Johnson as one of their “core players” and says they plan to reward him at some point.
“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 AzCardinals.com.
“(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.”
- Cardinals HC Steve Wilks said the team is still figuring out their identity: “What we want to really do as a defense, offense and really in special teams.” (Josh Weinfuss)
- Regarding the competition between Cardinals QBs Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen for the starting role, Wilks said that he considers Bradford the first-team quarterback due to his experience as a veteran. (Tom Pelissero)
- As for Johnson’s contract situation, Wilks emphasized that there is “constant communication” between the team and Johnson and believes a deal will get done by the start of training camp: “I know our commitment to him is strong and he is going to be a major part of what we do.”
Seahawks S Bradley McDougle said S Earl Thomas, who is holding out for a new contract, deserves “whatever he’s asking for” in a new deal.
“I feel like he deserves whatever he’s asking for. He’s a great player, but we just try not to let that distraction take anything away from the guys that’s out here working every day,” said McDougle, via Brady Henderson of ESPN.
Although Seahawks LB K.J. Wright, who is entering the final year of his contract, said he would like an extension, he does not plan on holding out this offseason.
“[I want] to control what I can control. I want to get better in the offseason and believe spring ball is a way to improve yourself,” said Wright, via Curtis Crabtree.
Vikings DC George Edwards said veteran DB Terence Newman has done well working at safety this offseason.
“Terence has done a good a job,” Edwards said, via the Vikings’ official site. “That’s a hat that he can wear, and we’re glad we’ve got him.”