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,” Rapoport said on NFL Network.
Rapoport breaks down the situation in the video below:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 14, 2020
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.