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Cards' Johnson to Cousins: 'You're coming to the desert'
| 3 months ago

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is the latest NFL player to take to social media in a bid to recruit quarterback Kirk Cousins.

The 26-year-old Johnson tweeted the following to Cousins on Friday: "c'mon ... stop messing with every1 & tell them you're coming to the desert."

Johnson joins Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, running back C.J. Anderson and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to make their pleas to the soon-to-be free-agent quarterback. Cousins referred to Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald as "a great recruiter" after the two had an impromptu meeting at an Atlanta airport last week.

The Cardinals and Broncos are joined by the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings to be reportedly in the mix for Cousins, who has played two seasons for the Washington Redskins on a franchise tag.

Cousins topped the 4,000-yard mark for the third straight year in 2017. He finished with 4,093 yards, 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

The 29-year-old's time in Washington is running short, however, after the Redskins agreed to a deal with fellow quarterback Alex Smith on Jan. 30. That deal can become official on Wednesday, the first day of the new league year.

The Cardinals find themselves looking for a quarterback after Carson Palmer announced his retirement in January. The 38-year-old Palmer was named to the Pro Bowl three times, but his 2017 season was cut short by a broken arm that limited him to seven games.

Blaine Gabbert, Drew Stanton and Matt Barkley are the lone quarterbacks on the roster of the Cardinals, who finished with an 8-8 mark last season. Gabbert and Stanton will hit the open market, however.

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