Arizona re-signed veteran tailback Chris Johnson to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. A source informed of the deal told NFL Network's Tom Pelissero the contract has a base salary of $1 million with $200,000 guaranteed. He can make more in incentives.
Although the younger Johnson insists he can handle 30 touches per game, it was never a realistic proposition that Arians would test that notion. It's rare for any NFL back to touch the ball even 25 times per game over the course of a 16-game season.
The artist formerly known as "CJ2K" succeeded in resurrecting a stalled career in the desert, running for more than 800 yards before a cracked tibia ended his 2015 season in late November. He played just four games with Arizona last season, going down with a groin injury in early October.
Left to languish on the open market all offseason, Johnson has said his priority is to sign with a contender willing to give him a shot at the 463 rushing yards needed to reach 10,000 for his career.
While the Cardinals are a prime candidate to bounce back to playoff form this season, Johnson seems unlikely to reach his milestone absent an injury to the All Pro atop the depth chart.