Ex-Cardinals RB David Johnson appears to slam team in cryptic tweet about snakes after trade

The Arizona Cardinals’ trade for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins became official on Friday morning.

The Cardinals on Monday traded running back David Johnson to the Texans in exchange for Hopkins, a four-time All-Pro who widely is considered to be one of the top two or three receivers in the league.

The other principal in the trade with the Houston Texans, David Johnson, took to Twitter shortly after the trade was announced with an interesting post that many have taken to be a shot at his former team.

“When the grass is cut the snakes will show,” Johnson tweeted.

The tweet concluded with an emoji of a snake.

The Cardinals sent their second-round pick in this year’s draft, along with a fourth-round selection in 2021, to the Texans for Hopkins and a fourth-round pick this year. The Texans agreed to pick up all of Johnson’s salary, which has cap hits of $10.2 million this year and $7.9 million in 2021.

Johnson, 28, had the lowest production of his career last season when he finished with 715 all-purpose yards (345 rushing, 370 receiving) and six touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2016 when he led the NFL with 2,118 yards from scrimmage (1,239 rushing, 879 receiving) and 20 total touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) shakes hands with fans before playing against the Cleveland Browns at State Farm Stadium December 15, 2019.

In three seasons since then, however, Johnson has rushed for just 1,308 yards combined. That, paired with the hefty guaranteed money in his contract, made it seem difficult for the Cardinals to find a trading partner.

Many fans turned on him when his production with the Cardinals slowed and his status with the new coaching staff appeared to potentially be rocky when Kliff Kingsbury chose to utilize Kenyan Drake extensively late in the season, with Johnson rarely touching the ball.

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This isn’t the first time Johnson has sent out a cryptic tweet.

Last season Johnson posted a photo of him scoring a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers with a lot of Steelers fans surrounding him.

The photo was accompanied by these words: “Surrounded by enemies, I know they praying for my down fall. They really want to see the end of me, know I won’t fold imma stand tall!”

Johnson said the words in that tweet were from a Christian rap song.

The tweet created a firestorm on social media after former Arizona Cardinals player Tyrann Mathieu responded with the words: “Come to KC.”

As for what Johnson’s latest tweet means, there has been a lot of speculation on social media.

The words are part of the lyrics to the song “Blueprint2” by Jay Z in which he talks about a beef he has with Nas, another rapper.

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