Arizona Cardinals Remove “Independent Study” Clause From Kyler Murray’s Contract Extension

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The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly removed the “independent study” clause from quarterback Kyler Murray’s $230.5 million contract extension. The clause required Murray to complete a minimum of four hours of game film study a week, and it quickly became a topic of controversy throughout sports media.

As questions began to arise about the quarterback’s work ethic, Murray spoke to the media on Thursday denying the claims. Stating that it was “disrespectful”.

“I refuse to let my work ethic be in question. I’ve put in an incomprehensible amount of time and blood, sweat, tears and work into what I do, whether it’s football or baseball. People can’t comprehend the amount of time that it takes to do two sports at a high level in college, let alone be the first person to do it ever at my size. It’s funny. But to those of you out there that believe that I’d be standing here today, in front of y’all, without having a work ethic and without preparing, I’m honored that you think that. But it doesn’t exist. It’s not possible. It’s not possible.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted on Thursday the statement released by the Arizona Cardinals regarding the update to Murray’s new contract. “After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract. It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.”