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NFL Insider Suggests All-Pro RB Could Be Traded

David Johnson running with the football.

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 30: Running back David Johnson #31 of the Arizona Cardinals runs with the ball during an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals are going through the process of evaluating their current roster ahead of the 2020 season. The Cardinals would like to move on from RB David Johnson, but releasing him isn't an option.

Johnson signed a 3-year, $39 million deal with Arizona ahead of the 2018 season. The lucrative contract has come back to bite the Cardinals in a major way. There's no question the organization wants to release the veteran back, but it's not financially possible.

Releasing Johnson would incur a little over a $14 million cap hit. With the Cardinals seemingly out of options, the one remaining option they do have is to trade the 28-year-old RB.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport suggests Arizona has several trade options involving Johnson. But if the Cardinals hope to get rid of the veteran back, they'll possible have to give up a draft pick as incentive for another team to take on Johnson's massive contract.

"They could potentially work out a trade involving David Johnson, which would maybe eat some of the money or potentially even involve a draft pick of their own just to get some of that money off the books,"

From NFL Now: #AZCardinals RB David Johnson's contract is so strong that the team can't release him. But that doesn't mean he'll be on the team in 2020. pic.twitter.com/N9orRVmxG4

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2020

">Rapoport said on NFL Network.

Rapoport breaks down the situation in the video below:

Let's be honest - not many teams are interested in Johnson. His rapid decline was evident last season.

But if the Cardinals hope to move on from the 28-year-old, they'll have to provide incentives to a team willing to be involved in a potential deal.