Former Alabama RB Kenyan Drake agrees to new deal with Cardinals
Former Alabama running back Kenyan Drake is staying in Arizona.
Drake signed the Cardinals’ transition tender this weekend. As was explained when Arizona put the transition tag on Drake less than a week ago, “if the two sides cannot agree to a long-term deal, the former Alabama running back’s salary in 2020 will be decided by taking an average of the top 10 running back salary in the league — which projects to just under $8.5 million for one season.” Drake’s one-year deal will reportedly be worth $8.48 million.
While Drake is agreeing to a deal for 2020, the window isn’t closed on a long-term deal. The two parties can negotiate a longer deal through July 15. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio opines that it was a smart move by Drake considering the current market for running backs in free agency (Todd Gurley’s one-year, $6 million deal; Melvin Gordon’s two-year, $16 million deal).
Drake was traded by the Miami Dolphins to the Cardinals for a fifth-round pick during the 2019 season. The former Crimson Tide standout appeared to appreciate the change of scenery, rushing for 643 yards and eight touchdowns last season after arriving in Arizona.
Drake’s agency announced the signing via its verified Twitter account on Saturday:
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