It should not come as a surprise that the Arizona Cardinals and Kenyan Drake are still not close on a long-term contract extension.
When the offseason began that was one of the bigger question marks of the offseason, how the Cardinals would address the running back position.
They did better than anyone could have expected with the trade of David Johnson and a second round pick for DeAndre Hopkins, while also being able to retain Kenyan Drake on the transition tag.
The transition tag is like the little brother of the franchise tag. It allows teams the right of first refusal if a player is able to sign a new contract with another team while not giving them compensation if they allow the player to walk.
It also comes at a lower price tag.
Finally, it doesn’t mean a long-term contract has to be signed by today, instead the Cardinals have an extra week.
That doesn’t mean much since the Cardinals and Drake seem to not be close to an extension.
While the #AZCardinals & transition tagged RB Kenyan Drake are not close to a long-term deal, his deadline actually isn’t today like the players who received the franchise tag. Drake has signed his tag, so he can keep negotiating with AZ. For transition tagged players, the rules: pic.twitter.com/Ibuw84z0IJ— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 15, 2020
Either way, I don’t see a long-term deal done this offseason and quite frankly, unless it is super incentive laden, it should not be.