Friday, July 30, 2021

Kenyan Drake not in contact with Cardinals

With free agency just weeks away veteran running back Kenyan Drake is not involved in active talks with the Cardinals. Despite having a reasonable 2020 it looks like the Cardinals are willing to let Drake walk if he gets a decent sized offer.

After signing his one-year tender last off-season both sides will probably have been disappointed with the return in 2020. Amassing 955 yards rushing at 4-per-clip, and just 137-yards on 25 catches hardly seems worthy of the $8.4-million Drake earned last year.

KENYAN DRAKE WILL TEST THE MARKET

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With Derrick Henry having re-upped in Tennessee for $12.5-million per-season last year, the market for veteran running backs has slowed considerably in the wake of the monster deal given to Todd Gurley by the Rams. That relationship fell apart very quickly owing to Gurley’s knee issues, and teams have become much more reticent to pay for rushers since.

There is still the possibility of a return to Arizona for Kenyan Drake if the market proves lukewarm for him. An offer in the $4-million region may be palatable to the team, but Drake may need to see the market for himself before being willing to accept that level of contract.

Kenyan Drake is entering his 6th-year in the NFL and has 3,130 rushing yards and 1,244 receiving yards with 33 total touchdowns. He spent the first three-years and change with the Miami Dolphins before joining the Cardinals via trade in 2019.

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