The Cardinals would take a far too harsh of a hit by releasing David Johnson. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals may be considering moving on from David Johnson this offseason, but they are apparently not going to simply release him.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim told reporters on Friday that cutting Johnson is “not an option.” The GM also spoke about having multiple running backs that you can rely on, which seemed to be an indicator that Johnson could be back with Arizona in 2020.

Johnson is set to earn $10.2 million next season, so the Cardinals would probably trade him if an opportunity arose. The 28-year-old had just 715 total yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in 13 games this past season. There’s no reason to think he will be a major part of Kliff Kingsbury’s offense going forward.

Kenyan Drake exploded for the Cardinals down the stretch after they acquired him in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, rushing for 363 yards and scoring seven touchdowns over Arizona’s final three games. Drake averaged 6.0 yards per carry through that span and looked to be a great fit, but he is set to become a free agent. He may have earned himself a huge contract with his performance.

The ideal scenario for the Cardinals this offseason would probably be trading Johnson and re-signing Drake, but neither of those things are a given.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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Can you name every prominent quarterback in the history of the Arizona Cardinals?

While many quarterbacks have thrown passes for the Arizona Cardinals over the years, this quiz only lists the signal callers who led the team in passing yards in the years displayed. The franchise history of the Arizona Cardinals includes the St. Louis and Chicago teams.

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1932
Walt Holmer
1933
Joe Lillard
1934-1935
Phil Sarboe
1936
Pug Vaughn
1937
Pat Coffee
1938-1939
Jack Robbins
1940
Hugh McCullough
1941
Ray Mallouf
1942
Bud Schwenk
1943
Ronnie Cahill
1944
John Grigas
1945-1947
Paul Christman
1948
Ray Mallouf
1949
Paul Christman
1950
Jim Hardy
1951-1952
Charley Trippi
1953
Jim Root
1954-1957
Lamar McHan
1958
M.C. Reynolds
1959
King Hill
1960
John Roach
1961
Sam Etcheverry
1962-1966
Charley Johnson
1967-1968
Jim Hart
1969
Charley Johnson
1970-1971
Jim Hart
1972
Gary Cuozzo
1973-1981
Jim Hart
1982-1988
Neil Lomax
1989
Gary Hogeboom
1990
Timm Rosenbach
1991
Tom Tupa
1992
Chris Chandler
1993-1994
Steve Beuerlein
1995
Dave Krieg
1996
Boomer Esiason
1997-2002
Jake Plummer
2003
Jeff Blake
2004
Josh McCown
2005
Kurt Warner
2006
Matt Leinart
2007-2009
Kurt Warner
2010
Derek Anderson
2011-2012
Kevin Kolb
2013
Carson Palmer
2014
Drew Stanton
2015-2017
Carson Palmer
2018
Josh Rosen
2019
Kyler Murray

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