Kyler Murray And Agent Release Statement On Contract Status
Although the Cardinals have stated Murray is part of their long term plans, it seems Kyler Murray and his agents have their doubts.
A statement from Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, stated that, ““Looking ahead, Kyler believes that in order to consistently compete for championships, and ultimately deliver the valley their first Super Bowl in 33+ years, there needs to be long term stability for both the organization and himself.”
Burkhardt continued, “Unfortunately, every player, coach and executive in the NFL knows (or should know) that words and hypothetical contractual promises are regularly dismissed and fleeting in this business.”
Earlier this month, Murray created buzz when he deleted all Cardinals affiliated posts on social media. This move caused fans, especially in Arizona, to question the long term future of the quarterback on the Cardinals.
Murray is due about $5.5 million in 2022 in the fourth year of his rookie contract. With his increased level of play, Murray and his agent feel that he deserves to be paid more. After all, Murray is the only player in NFL history with 70 TD passes and 20 rushing TDs in his first 3 seasons.
In the statement, Burkhardt praised Murray’s accomplishments before emphasizing the importance of the Cardinals committing to Murray for the team’s long-term success. He claims Arizona was offered a contract that reduced his cap hit for the next two seasons while still making it possible to pay Murray competitively in the quarterback market.
This isn’t a usual contract standoff we are used to seeing where we hear conflicting reports. The Cardinals and Murray have both said they are committed to each-other, so why no long term deal?
If Murray would decide to hold out, that could put the Cardinals in a tough negotiating spot. It’s tough to find a quarterback after free agency and the draft, and the Cardinals certainly don’t have a roster that’s looking to rebuild.
Sports Illustrated has more here.