With running back David Johnson emerging as one of the NFL's stars during the 2016 season, Arizona isn't likely to attract much interest from free agent running backs this offseason.
However, on Monday, the team announced it was able to keep one of Johnson's backups in the fold, as the Cardinals announced they have agreed to terms with Andre Ellington on a one-year contract that will keep him in Arizona through 2017.
Ellington spent the first four years of his career with the Cardinals after being drafted in the sixth round by the organization out of Clemson in 2013, and took over as the team's primary ball carrier during his second season in the league in 2014. However, in 2015, Ellington suffered an injury in training camp and veteran Chris Johnson emerged as the Cardinals' top back.
By the time Chris Johnson went down with an injury late in the year, David Johnson was ready to take over as the team's bell cow back, a role he fully embraced in 2016.
Playing behind David Johnson, Chris Johnson, and at times Kerwynn Williams, Ellington's production was limited in 2016 as he amassed just 34 rushes for 96 yards and no touchdowns while he caught 12 passes for 85 yards. Still, with the return of Chris Johnson remaining uncertain, Ellington could find himself in an expanded role next season, especially if the Cardinals fail to attract another free agent back to feature as the No. 2 option.
Over his career, Ellington has played in 53 games and made 15 starts for the Cardinals, racking up 1,697 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. For his career, Ellington has a 4.3 yard per carry average.
Terms of the contract Ellington signed were not disclosed.