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Cardinals RB David Johnson holding out for contract extension

The Arizona Cardinals enter mandatory minicamp this offseason with eyes toward bouncing back from a disappointing 2017 season.
This will begin with star running back David Johnson notably absent as he’s in search of a new lucrative contract, according to ESPN.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is skipping this week’s mandatory minicamp in hopes of getting a new contract.

The two sides have been in discussions regarding a new contract and are hopeful a new deal will be reached before the start of the season, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Johnson is heading into the final year of his rookie contract. He will earn just $1.9 million for the 2018 campaign. He has a clear desire to work out a new long-term extension . Ideally, one that will compensate him as one of the top running backs in the league.

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The 26-year-old is currently working his way back from a wrist injury. He suffered the injury in last year’s season opener and required surgery. He had been medically cleared to return to the team this summer but he had suffered a minor setback with an undisclosed ailment.

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When healthy, Johnson has proven to be one of the league’s best all-around running backs. He is only two years removed from his breakout year in 2016 where he earned his first Pro Bowl selection and First-Team All-Pro nod after posting franchise records for yards from scrimmage (2,118) and touchdowns (20). This move by Johnson could quickly shift things between both sides to get the contract situation sorted out.
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