Former Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson is retiring

ARIZONA – Former Arizona Cardinals RB David Johnson announces his retirement from the NFL.

Johnson, who played eight seasons in the league, made the announcement on Instagram.

Johnson was selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Johnson initially joined the team as a fourth running back and established himself as the starter at Arizona halfway through his rookie season. Johnson's rise was instrumental in helping Arizona reach the 2015 NFC Championship game after totaling 12 touchdowns and over 1,000 scrimmage yards.

In 2016, Johnson reached a new level, rushing for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns, along with 879 receiving yards and four touchdowns through the air. Johnson earned first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors while matching Barry Sanders' streak of 15 consecutive games with more than 100 yards from scrimmage, the longest single-season streak in NFL history.

Johnson was injured in the 2017 season opener against the Detroit Lions – a wrist injury that ultimately sidelined him the entire year.

Johnson signed a three-year, $39 million contract extension with Arizona and rebounded somewhat in 2018 with nearly 1,400 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns.

2019 was a year full of losses for Johnson, which ultimately led to DeAndre Hopkins being traded to the Houston Texans the following offseason.

Johnson ran for just 919 yards over the next two years in Houston before being signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad in 2022.

He did not play in 2023.

Johnson is well respected among the Cardinals fan base for his contributions, and although his success didn't last as long as he would have liked, Johnson still managed a strong career in the NFL.

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