Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson continues his holdout as the calendar turns
Some Arizona Cardinals fans are getting impatient. Some have patience and understanding. Some just want to get down to playing football.
As for Cardinals running back David Johnson, he continues to hold out for a new contract despite already being under contract. Johnson is coming off missing 15 games in 2017 due to a broken wrist.
Last month when Johnson announced he was holding out, to many of us it seemed like odd timing. Coming off injury and going through OTA’s only to hold out during the team’s mandatory mini camp in mid-June.
Fast forward a couple of weeks later and not much has changed. Some fans want answers now and if they can’t get them, they want the Cardinals to go out and sign more backs.
I wouldn’t hold your breath too much expecting that to happen. While general manager Steve Keim and company will likely continue to add and subtract from the roster from now through training camp and preseason, adding at running back does not seem like a priority.
First of all, it is still 26 days until the team gathers in Glendale for training camp. Secondly, Johnson still may re-join and even if he doesn’t at that point, there is still time.
The Cardinals drafted Chase Edmonds and they have T.J. Logan on the depth chart. Now, neither one has proven anything in the NFL yet but that’s where you start to look for help when Johnson is unavailable.
Oh let’s also not forget about Elijhaa Penny either. He was used a bit more towards the end of the 2017 season. Although he still only had 31 carries in 2017 he’s been here for two years now, they should have a pretty good idea of what and who Penny is.
For now, we all just need to give it time. There aren’t any free agent backs that will come in and make any kind of immediate impact anyway.
The Cardinals will do Johnson right, I’m sure of it. Surely we all wish Johnson wasn’t taking this current position but the NFL in the end is a business which works from both ends of the table.