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Kenyan Drake signs transition tag tender with Arizona Cardinals

NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals bet on the market and Kenyan Drake may have actually won.

The Arizona Cardinals placed the transition tag on the running back they traded a fifth round selection for and that allowed him to seek a contract elsewhere.

Well, after Melvin Gordon received only a two-year $16 million deal from the Denver Broncos, the writing was on the wall. Running backs were not getting paid this offseason.

So, Drake signed his tender, meaning if he and the Cardinals can’t come to a contract agreement on a long-term deal, he’ll play in 2020 season at $8.48 million.

That will be a big number for a player of Drake’s stature. Not that Drake hasn’t been good with the Arizona Cardinals, it’s just he has not proven to be a full-time guy quite yet.

So, we’ll see what happens with the Cardinals and Drake. I’d suspect Drake plays out this season on the $8.5 million and hopes to see a better market in 2021.

Drake’s projected 2019 season with 16 games with the Arizona Cardinals: 246 carries 1,286 yards rushing 16 rushing touchdowns 56 receptions 342 yards receiving

That’s a really good season and that would give Drake quite the chance to cash in.

I still think if the Cardinals can get a three-year $18 million deal with maybe $12.5 million guaranteed that would be great for both sides.

What would you do if you are the Cardinals and what would you do if you are Drake?