Arizona Cardinals, running back David Johnson agree to extension

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Sam Bradford (9) hands the ball to running back David Johnson (31) during practice on Sep. 5, 2018 at the Arizona Cardinals Training Facility in Tempe, Ariz.

The Arizona Cardinals have completed a contract extension with running back David Johnson, the team announced Saturday night. The deal is a 3-year, $39 million extension worth up to $45 million, including $30 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

A third-round pick (86th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft out of Northern Iowa, Johnson has rushed for 1,843 yards and 24 touchdowns to go along with 1,403 yards and eight touchdowns on 122 receptions for the Cardinals. He was first-team All-Pro in 2016 after leading the NFL and setting a team single-season record with 2,118 scrimmage yards (1,239 rushing; 879 receiving). He also led the NFL and set a franchise record with 20 touchdowns. 

Johnson missed nearly all of the 2017 season after suffering a wrist injury in the season opener at Detroit. But he has returned to the team healthy for 2018 and is slated to start Sunday against Washington. 


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