Cardinals’ Johnson signs three-year extension

The Sports Xchange

September 08, 2018 at 10:34 pm.

Running back David Johnson signed a three-year contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

The deal is worth $39 million and could be as much as $45 million, with $30 million guaranteed, ESPN reported. The $30 million in guaranteed money would rank third among active NFL running backs.

Johnson and the Cardinals completed negotiations in time for the start of the regular season. Arizona opens Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Johnson was entering the final year of his rookie deal, which would have paid $1.9 million this season. He had been seeking a new contract since the summer, and he sat out the Cardinals’ minicamp in June before reporting to training camp in July.

The 26-year-old made the Pro Bowl and was named All-Pro in 2016 after rushing for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns and adding 879 receiving yards on 80 catches.

But then he broke a bone in a wrist in Week 1 in 2017 and missed the final 15 games of the regular season. He also had missed the 2016 season finale when he suffered a fractured wrist.

In addition to rushing yards, Johnson is known for his versatility as a running back who’s able to get open and catches passes. He has 32 career touchdowns in three seasons, the second-highest total by a player who’s not a quarterback during that span.