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Kenyan Drake has no issue with Cardinals’ transition tag

A lot of NFL players get frustrated when hit with the franchise or transition tag. Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake is not one of them.

Drake said he thought he was in a good financial situation after receiving the transition tag from the Cardinals, and was not bothered by the organization’s decision.

“With them tagging me, it wasn’t really a slap in the face or anything,” Drake told Darren Urban of the team’s official 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.”

Drake getting the transition tag was a bit of a surprise, as it will ensure that his salary is the average of the top ten salaries at his position unless a long-term deal is reached. That’s a pretty big boost in salary, so it’s easy to see why Drake is perfectly okay with that. Plus, another productive season will see him hit the open market as an in-demand runner next offseason.

Drake ran for 643 yards and eight touchdowns with Arizona last season in eight games after being acquired from Miami.


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