"With them tagging me, it wasn't really a slap in the face or anything," Drake said Friday in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio, via the team website. "They wanted to get a gauge on my market and everything happened how it did. With me signing the tag, it put me in a pretty decent position from a financial standpoint, especially amongst my fellow running backs. I'm fortunate they saw in me what I see in myself, and hopefully we can continue to work on a long-term deal in the future."
The immediate future -- unknown as it may be due to the COVID-19 pandemic -- is one of excitement for Drake.
Indeed, the horizon was brighter once Drake arrived in Arizona and he sees it only getting more illuminated following those aforementioned additions -- along with others.
"A lot of great moves were made to put people in position and pieces to make sure everything was shored up," Drake said. "Moving forward, I'm excited about the direction we are going. I'm ready to see everyone in Arizona and get back on the field and get back to work."