The Houston Texans have reworked the contract of running back David Johnson.

Under his original contract, Johnson was owed nearly $9 million in 2021, of which just $2.1 million was guaranteed. In the new restructured contract, Johnson will receive nearly $6 million in 2021, including $4.25 million fully guaranteed upon signing. If the running back had not agreed to a reworked deal, then he could have been a casualty of the salary cap.

Houston traded for the running back in March 2020 in a deal that sent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals.

Last season, the running back ran for 691 yards and six touchdowns. Johnson only played in 12 games for Houston because he missed three games due to a concussion, and one game because he was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Johnson was selected to his lone Pro-Bowl in 2016 when he set career highs for the Cardinals. In 2016, he rushed for 1,239 yards, 16 touchdowns, and caught 80 passes out of the backfield. Johnson’s Pro-Bowl days are likely behind him, but he can still be an asset to the Texans, no matter who is quarterbacking the team.

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