Pros and cons to a Kyler Murray extension from the Arizona Cardinals

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What the Cardinals should do

  • Pick up Kyler Murray’s fifth-year option

Kyler Murray, if all the Instagram scrubbing drama is finished with, should stick around for at least two more seasons. But the Cardinals shouldn’t even consider him for an extension if he flops over those seasons’ second halves.

Sure, you can pin the blame on Kingsbury too, but great quarterbacks elevate the talent of every single player around them. Murray hasn’t done that. And if such a collapse happens again, it will imply he’s incapable of taking a team to the Super Bowl. So why keep doing this?

Murray’s Rookie of the Year Honors and two Pro Bowls speak for themselves. He creates dazzling plays with his arm and legs. But for the time being, he’s nothing more than a streaky quarterback capable of putting on sound performances.

The Cardinals would be wise to pick up Murray’s fifth-year option. It gives him until the 2023 season to show that he’s capable of leading the Cardinals beyond the Wildcard Round of the playoffs. But if he doesn’t win a playoff game over the next two seasons, it’s time to get rid of him.

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