Why trading Kyler Murray should be considered by the Cardinals

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kyler Murray
(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Kyler Murray /

Kyler Murray might have drawn a line in the sand and the Arizona Cardinals could potentially have a decision to make about their quarterback.

Earlier this week, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray allegedly “scrubbed” all of his Cardinals-related pictures from his Instagram account. With three seasons whose endings have only gotten more painful that only a masochist would enjoy them, Murray’s time in Arizona has been rough.

It’s clear to see that Murray is frustrated, and even Larry Fitzgerald can see it. With this being such an important year in terms of Murray’s rookie contract, should the Cardinals trade Murray? That’s the question, and before that question is answered, there is one date that has to be in mind.

May 2nd is the deadline to exercise a fifth-year option for Murray and other players that were selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. That option is expected to cost Arizona over $28 million to keep him if they chose to do so.

So what should the Cardinals do? It’s simple.

Arizona Cardinals should consider trading Kyler Murray this year

If there ever was a year to do it, the 2022 NFL offseason seems like a great time. With a less-than-desired quarterback class emerging in this year’s draft, quarterbacks are going to be in high demand.

So Arizona could potentially get a premium haul if they traded the disgruntled Murray to a quarterback-desperate team.

Another reason why is that Kliff Kingsbury‘s job with the Cardinals is not safe at all. Kingsbury’s performance has been all flair with no grit.

Kingsbury and Murray were supposed to be the experiment that worked out, and after three years of the hypothesis being tested, it’s close to being proven false.

False in the sense of success. It wouldn’t be ideal for Colt McCoy to play an entire 17-game season, but he did go 2-1 as a starter for Arizona during the 2021 campaign.

There’s been an improvement from Murray during his three years with the Cardinals, yes, but it’s not evident when it matters most. Three late-season chokes with no sense of urgency to save the season. It’s time for Arizona to think about trading Murray and starting all over again.

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