Cardinals 'Look Forward' to Long-Term Contract with David Johnson Amid Holdout

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 14, 2018

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson runs with the football during an NFL football training camp Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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After David Johnson skipped mandatory minicamp this week while holding out for a new contract, the Arizona Cardinals anticipate engaging their star running back in negotiations.

Per Darren Urban of the team's official website, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim discussed where Johnson stands with the organization. 

"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.  

Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks didn't address Johnson's absence from minicamp when asked about the situation Tuesday. 

"The National Football League doesn't stop for me or anyone," Wilks told reporters.

Johnson is scheduled to make $1.9 million in 2018, the final year of his rookie contract, per Spotrac. The 2016 All-Pro appeared in one game last season after dislocating his wrist in Week 1 against the Detroit Lions.

A third-round draft pick three years ago, Johnson led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 combined touchdowns in 2016.

The Cardinals have missed the playoffs in each of the past two seasons after going 13-3 and reaching the NFC Championship Game in 2015.

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