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  Cardinals | David Johnson is special    Fri Jul 1, 01:52 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has averaged 131.7 yards from scrimmage per game since he entered the starting lineup in Week 13 last year, which was the most in the NFL. Johnson also had the fastest speed by a running back as a ball carrier in 2015, per Next Gen Stats.

Footballguys view: From Week 13 thru Week 17, only Devonta Freeman (Falcons) had more carries (98) than Johnson's 90. The Cardinals young star back led the NFL with a whopping 229 rushing yards after contact during that time. Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington should have roles, but David Johnson is set to be the Cardinals lead back. His current ADP is RB3 (1.09) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Cardinals | John Brown under the radar    Tue Jun 28, 06:09 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown finished the 2015 season with 1,003 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 15 games.

Footballguys view: We don't think he's under the radar, but instead a player that wise fantasy owners are dialed in on. The Cardinals passing attack is the most vertical in the league, and Brown is the player who takes the top off the defense regularly. We see him as a WR3 with every week starters upside as a flex play at least. Brown has a current ADP of WR35 (7.04) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Cardinals | Corey Peters may start at nose tackle    Thu Jun 23, 05:48 PM

Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') is slated to start at nose tackle this season if he is healthy, in the opinion of Darren Urban of azcardinals.com. Head coach Bruce Arians, though, did say Peters would be ready by training camp. DT Rodney Gunter will compete for the spot as well.

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  Cardinals | Patrick Peterson doing well    Mon Jun 13, 05:00 PM

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) said he is feeling great but is only 80% to 90% healthy right now. He reiterated that he should be full-go when training camp starts, adding that the surgery he underwent about two months ago was nothing serious, just cleanup.

Footballguys view: Peterson's on the right track and should be near 100 percent by the time training camp gets here. His presence will boost the Cardinals defense.

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  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu talks paused    Fri Jun 10, 08:24 AM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu's contract talks have been put on hold, but that doesn't mean a deal won't be reached before training camp, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. If a deal is reached, it's expected to be worth around $11 million per season, which would make him the highest-paid safety and put him among the highest-paid defensive backs.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals want to reward Mathieu with a new contract, but they need to be cautious with how the deal is structured due to his injury history. Talks are done right now, but they could strike up again as the regular season draws near.

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  Cardinals | Evan Mathis had surgery    Wed Jun 8, 04:30 PM

Arizona Cardinals OG Evan Mathis (ankle) recently underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment from his ankle. He did not participate in minicamp but is expected to be a full participant in training camp.

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  Cardinals | Darren Fells having good offseason    Wed Jun 8, 04:18 PM

Arizona Cardinals TE Darren Fells has lost about 20 pounds and has had the best offseason of anyone on the team, according to QB Carson Palmer.

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  Cardinals | Cards could use two RBs at a time    Tue Jun 7, 10:11 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is expected to get a lion's share of the work, but RBs Chris Johnson and Andre Ellington each have skillsets which could help the offense. In fact, head coach Bruce Arians hinted Tuesday, June 7, that two backs could be on the field at the same time. 'When I first came here, that's something B.A. told me he wanted to do,' Chris Johnson said. 'It started off with me getting here late (in training camp), then Andre getting hurt early and me getting hurt. It was hard to get two of us on the field at one time, but that's something we've really been working hard on.'

Footballguys view: David Johnson is well worth taking in the first round of all fantasy drafts, but it will be interesting to see how the team mixes in Chris Johnson and Ellington behind him. Right now, Chris Johnson is going off the board at RB53 (13.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Cardinals | Patrick Peterson on the field Tuesday    Tue Jun 7, 02:10 PM

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) was able to participate in some individual drills during practice Tuesday, June 7.

Footballguys view: If healthy, Peterson should continue to cement himself as a top-5 CB in the league. He said he expects to be a full participant once training camp begins.

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  Cardinals | Jeff Beathard waived    Tue Jun 7, 11:55 AM

Arizona Cardinals WR Jeff Beathard was waived Tuesday, June 7.

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  Cardinals | JJ Nelson more comfortable     Mon Jun 6, 05:58 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson said he's not thinking about the game anymore because he knows what he's doing. Nelson believes his increased comfort and an improved skill set will enable him to come into a game and not feel like there's a drop-off with fellow receivers.

Footballguys view: Nelson's got the speed to take the top off the defense in a hurry. At this time, he's buried on the Cardinals depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. With Fitzgerald and Floyd in the final year of their contracts, Nelson's future with the team looks like it could have more work.

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  Cardinals | Sign Rico Richardson     Mon Jun 6, 05:48 PM

Free-agent WR Rico Richardson (Titans) signed with the Arizona Cardinals Monday, June 6.

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  Cardinals | Could still re-sign Dwight Freeney    Sat Jun 4, 03:03 PM

Free-agent LB Dwight Freeney (Cardinals) could still be re-signed by the Arizona Cardinals, according to Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic.

Footballguys view: Freeney has gotten a bit of interest on the open market with teams like the Bengals or the Falcons. Returning to the Cardinals in a similar (part-time) role in 2016 would make a lot of sense. Last year, Freeney was able to snare eight sacks while only playing 245 snaps in just 11 games.

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  Cardinals | Corey Peters making good progress    Sat Jun 4, 09:31 AM

Arizona Cardinals DT Corey Peters (Achilles') said he is almost done with the rehab from his torn Achilles' tendon. Peters wanted to do some work during offseason workouts but wants to be playing at a high level when training camp begins.

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  Cardinals | Sign three players    Thu Jun 2, 04:14 PM

Free-agent OG Jake Bernstein (Chiefs) and undrafted free-agent WR Marquis Bundy (New Mexico State) signed with the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, June 2. S Tyrequek Zimmerman was re-signed.

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  Cardinals | Waive three players    Wed Jun 1, 05:04 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR Chris King, DB Brandon Person and OT Edawn Coughman were waived Wednesday, June 1.

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  Cardinals | JJ Nelson performing well in workouts    Wed Jun 1, 01:39 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR JJ Nelson has made several terrific catches during organized team activities this offseason and said that playing in 2015 helped boost his confidence. Head coach Bruce Arian said he believes Nelson could make an impact on offense in 2016. 'He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have when the ball's coming over your opposite shoulder,' Arians said. 'When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you have a special one.'

Footballguys view: The future is bright for Nelson, but in 2016 he's buried on the depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown. He's a deep receiver with the speed to get by the defense in a hurry. We'll see if he can continue to shine as the offseason continues.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson could start for Arizona    Tue May 31, 07:54 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson could claim the starting job in Arizona's backfield despite head coach Bruce Arians claiming that RB David Johnson is the bell cow back, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.

Footballguys view: No matter who is the starter, the Cardinals are likely to use some form of RBBC. Chris Johnson proved last year that he still has some left in the tank...before getting hurt. David Johnson proved that he can be a big-time runner and receiver in the NFL. We think the latter gets the starting job with the seasoned veteran working as a change-of-pace back.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson likes RB tandem    Sat May 28, 10:04 AM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he believes he and RB David Johnson can be the best running back tandem in the NFL. David Johnson said Chris Johnson has helped him become a more patient running back.

Footballguys view: Chris Johnson still has the speed to be dangerous when given a crease, but second-year pro David Johnson is set to be the team's lead back. At this time, David Johnson has a current ADP of RB4 (1.08) in 12-team PPR leagues while Chris Johnson is considered RB57 (14.02).

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  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu may not be ready    Mon May 23, 02:17 PM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) said he doesn't necessarily want to play if he's only at 90% health when the regular season begins. Mathieu's goal was to return by the regular season opener Sept. 11, but he doesn't want to make the mistake of coming back too early, which he said he did when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament in 2013.

Footballguys view: We'll be watching this situation closely as it continues to unfold. Obviously Mathieu is a fine player but injuries have knocked his pro career off track. Mathieu did say his rehabilitation is going as planned so far, though, but he wants to come back properly.

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  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu near extension    Mon May 16, 08:29 AM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu is deep in negotiations for a contract extension Monday, May 16, that could make him the highest-paid safety in the league.

Footballguys view: It's a risky move to sign Mathieu to big long-term money. He's torn his ACL twice since 2013 and is somewhat injury prone dating back to his college days at LSU. If healthy, Mathieu can make plays as a slot corner or a safety. The Cardinals should be creative with the way they get this deal done.

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  Cardinals | Antonio Cromartie likely not a target    Sun May 15, 05:02 PM

Free-agent CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets) likely will not be pursued by the Arizona Cardinals, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss.

Footballguys view: There could be an opportunity for a veteran CB in the Cardinals starting lineup opposite Patrick Peterson. Justin Bethel could be that guy, but he's coming off April surgery to repair a foot injury. Third-round pick Brandon Williams (Texas A&M) is a raw prospect with starter's upside, but asking him to start early in his career is a stretch.

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  Cardinals | Brandon Williams financials breakdown    Tue May 10, 10:01 PM

The Arizona Cardinals signed CB Brandon Z. Williams to a four-year contract worth $3.082 million, including a signing bonus of $672,696.

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  Cardinals | Sign two players    Mon May 9, 02:58 PM

Undrafted free-agents WR Chris Hubert (Fayetteville State) and RB Elijhaa Penny (Idaho) were signed to undisclosed deals by the Arizona Cardinals Monday, May 9. Hubert and Penny both participated in Arizona's rookie minicamp.

Footballguys view: These are a couple of players who could help in the return game. Hubert measures in at 5'9" 170 pounds. As a senior he caught 71 passes and scored 13 touchdowns. Penny is a large (6'2" 235 pounds) rushed for 1,159 yards last year and scored 12 touchdowns.

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  Cardinals | Two released Monday    Mon May 9, 01:21 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Jared Baker and LB Mike Z. Reilly were released Monday, May 9.

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  Cardinals | Robert Nkemdiche signs deal    Fri May 6, 03:44 PM

Arizona Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche signed a four-year deal with the Cardinals Friday, May 6. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal includes a fifth-year option.

Footballguys view: Nkemdiche has the size/athleticism and occasional marriage of those traits and some football skills as a pass rusher that often gets players into the top 10, especially in a weak draft like this one. He has a "different personality" and was part of an incident with Laremy Tunsil that included a fall out of a window and marijuana, so the Cardinals could have a late-round steal if he can fit in their locker room.

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  Cardinals | Marqui Christian signs    Fri May 6, 11:52 AM

Arizona Cardinals SS Marqui Christian signed his rookie deal Friday, May 6. The deal is worth $2.55 million with a $210,200 signing bonus.

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  Cardinals | Justin Bethel in line to start     Tue May 3, 08:23 PM

Arizona Cardinals CB Justin Bethel (foot) is expected to start opposite CB Patrick Peterson this season with free-agent CB Jerraud Powers (Cardinals) unlikely to return. Bethel is currently rehabilitating his surgically repaired left foot.

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  Cardinals | Hakeem Valles signs deal with Cards    Sun May 1, 09:54 AM

The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent TE Hakeem Valles (Monmouth) on an undisclosed deal Sunday, May 1.

Footballguys view: Almost any move by the Cardinals at the TE position can be ignored in the fantasy community as Arizona doesn't use them as receivers much.

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  Cardinals | Jake Coker heads to Arizona    Sat Apr 30, 11:50 PM

The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms with undrafted free-agent QB Jake Coker (Alabama) Saturday, April 30. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Footballguys view: He played in a lot of big games during his college career at Florida State and Alabama, but Coker is likely to be only a camp arm for the Cardinals.

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  Cardinals | Robert Nkemdiche expected to produce    Fri Apr 29, 12:18 AM

Arizona Cardinals DT Robert Nkemdiche will 'no doubt' be an 'impact player' in the NFL, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Footballguys view: While some teams were worried about Nkemdiche's off-field issues but not Bruce Arians. All he did was add another potent part to a defense which is already very good. Nkemdiche may worry some people when he buys his desired pet panther, but he's going to be the one mauling folks on Sundays for the Cardinals.

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  Cardinals | Cards draft Robert Nkemdiche    Thu Apr 28, 11:25 PM

The Arizona Cardinals selected Ole Miss DT Robert Nkemdiche with the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.

Footballguys view: The Cardinals improve an already awesome defense by adding Nkemdiche, who has some off-field issues but is a tremendous run stuffer. We are not shocked Bruce Arians took a shot with him, like he did with Tyrann Mathieu not long ago.

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  Cardinals | Patrick Peterson has timetable    Thu Apr 21, 07:23 PM

Updating previous reports, Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) said he has a six-to-eight week recovery process from his ankle surgery. As stated previously, he should be ready for training camp in late July.

Footballguys view: They'll need him in the pass-happy NFC. When not subtweeting Josh Norman about being cut, Peterson will be working hard in rehab.

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  Cardinals | Justin Bethel should be ready for camp    Wed Apr 20, 08:29 PM

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (foot) recently underwent surgery to repair a fracture in his foot but should be ready for the start of training camp, according to sources.

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  Cardinals | Patrick Peterson undergoes surgery    Wed Apr 20, 08:28 PM

Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson (ankle) recently underwent ankle surgery but should be ready for the start of training camp, according to sources.

Footballguys view: When not subtweeting Josh Norman for getting released, Peterson will be rehabbing and should be ready to go this season.

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  Cardinals | Larry Fitzgerald singing swan song?    Wed Apr 20, 01:17 PM

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald said he has not really thought about the possibility of this being his last season playing in the NFL. Fitzgerald signed a two-year deal last offseason and said he's focused on finishing that deal this season. He hinted that if the Cardinals won the Super Bowl this season, he would lean towards retirement. 'A lot of it's tied to Carson (Palmer) - Carson's playing at a high level,' Fitzgerald said. 'I don't want to go through any other quarterback situations. It's been great to have the stability that we have now with the big fella, he's been playing lights out.'

Footballguys view: He can't have that much left in the tank, even though he would love to end his career with a ring. We love that he's coming off his best season since 2011, and if Carson Palmer is healthy again Fitzgerald could hit similar numbers which would make him a decent WR2 or WR3.

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  Cardinals | D.J. Humphries making progress    Tue Apr 19, 10:29 PM

Arizona Cardinals OT D.J. Humphries has looked good in the offseason, and head coach Bruce Arians feels confident in Humphries' ability. The coach said Humphries has had a 'great November, December, and all the way through to today, more than ready.'

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  Cardinals | Jeff Driskel works out for Cards    Tue Apr 19, 11:19 AM

Louisiana Tech QB Jeff Driskel worked out for the Arizona Cardinals recently.

Footballguys view: Driskel is an interesting late-round prospect in the 2016 NFL draft. He's athletic and has the arm to make every throw in the NFL. Driskel began his college career at Florida and was supposed to be their next Tim Tebow. Instead, his Gators career didn't live up to the hype and he ended up transferring to Louisiana Tech. He showed well at the Senior Bowl earlier this year and would be worth taking a shot on late in the draft.

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  Cardinals | Cory Redding released    Mon Apr 18, 05:14 PM

Arizona Cardinals DE Cory Redding was released Monday, April 18.

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  Cardinals | Tyrann Mathieu working out    Mon Apr 18, 12:35 PM

Arizona Cardinals FS Tyrann Mathieu (knee) worked on the leg extension machine Monday, April 18, almost four months since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

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  Cardinals | Three sign tender offers    Mon Apr 18, 11:54 AM

Arizona Cardinals restricted free-agent WR Jaron Brown and Ss Tony Jefferson and D.J. Swearinger all signed their one-year qualifying tender offers for the 2016 season Monday, April 18. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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  Cardinals | Marion Grice, Robert Hughes cut    Fri Apr 15, 05:11 PM

Arizona Cardinals RBs Marion Grice and Robert Hughes were released Friday, April 15.

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  Cardinals | Dak Prescott visits Arizona     Thu Apr 14, 04:53 PM

Mississippit State QB Dak Prescott is paying a visit to the Arizona Cardinals Thursday, April 14.

Footballguys view: Prescott would be an interesting fit in the Cardinals offense. He's a great scrambler, but he's made improvements as a passer during his college career at Mississippi State. Behind a bad offensive line, Prescott tried to make plays with his arm before taking off to run. He can use his eyes to manipulate the defense, and Prescott has a dash of Donovan McNabb to his game.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson not worried about role    Sat Apr 2, 08:33 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson said he believes head coach Bruce Arians will know how to make sure both he and RB David Johnson receive touches. 'Not sure how things are going to go, but I'm pretty sure we'll have a nice one-two punch,' Chris Johnson said.

Footballguys view: We think David Johnson is going to be the lead back and the most fantasy relevant of the two. We'll see how that shakes out in training camp as the duo will compete for the top spot.

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  Cardinals | David Johnson to carry the load?    Sat Apr 2, 08:19 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson has earned the right to be the 'bell cow' at running back, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Footballguys view: Johnson has a size/speed combination that can make him a dangerous back. He should be a three-down back for the Cardinals in 2016, and he could finish the year as a top-10 fantasy RB.

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  Cardinals | Chandler Jones in long-term plans    Wed Mar 23, 12:05 PM

Arizona Cardinals DE Chandler Jones is in the team's long-term plans, and they were shocked to acquire him, according to head coach Bruce Arians. Jones is in the final year of his contract. 'When he hits free agency, we'll have the dollars to make sure he stays,' Arians said.

Footballguys view: The Patriots might have been persuaded by Jones' off-field incident that involved synthetic drugs, a lack of a shirt, and a police station. The Cardinals don't seem worried and got an elite defensive end for a 2nd round pick and a first-round bust. Jones' second contract will be huge and risky, but at least the Cardinals know they are getting a stud as long as he stays on the field.

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  Cardinals | Not interested in Karlos Dansby    Mon Mar 21, 01:36 PM

Free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Browns) is not receiving any interest from the Arizona Cardinals.

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  Cardinals | Carson Palmer not dwelling on loss    Sun Mar 20, 08:13 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he has turned the page on the playoff loss to the Carolina Panthers and won't let one game define him.

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  Cardinals | Chris Johnson returns to Cards    Thu Mar 17, 03:39 PM

Arizona Cardinals RB Chris Johnson re-signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals Thursday, March 17, according to a source. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Johnson was very productive with Arizona before getting hurt, so this is a good fit and we assume the deal isn't a huge one. We expect David Johnson to get the bulk of the carries after his success last season, while Andre Ellington, Johnson and maybe Stepfan Taylor split the rest of the carries.

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  Cardinals | Arizona still in mix for CJ2K    Wed Mar 16, 09:57 PM

Free-agent RB Chris Johnson (Cardinals) visited the Miami Dolphins this week, and he is expected to select between his old team, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Miami Dolphins soon. Other clubs have requested a meeting, but he is unlikely to make them at this point.

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