What if Kyler Murray doesn’t get a contract extension before training camp?

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

It’s almost certain that Kyler Murray will get a contract extension before training camp starts. But what if he doesn’t?

That is the question Cardinals fans must ask themselves. While Steve Keim has reportedly been taking his time working through a contract extension (per Jeff Darlington), one has to be ready in the rare instance that it doesn’t happen.

This will undoubtedly be the biggest contract in Arizona Cardinals history, and given the limited cap space the team has in the next two years, it will take some time to craft an agreement.

But if both sides don’t come to an agreement before training camp, will Murray join Matt Leinart in holding out?

Will Murray and his agent, Erik Burkhardt, resort back to their weird and controversial tactics? Will it be time to start worrying for Cardinals fans? Should they recreate this famous scene from SpongeBob SquarePants?

There’s no reason to worry if Kyler Murray’s deal isn’t done by training camp.

The main goal for the Cardinals is straightforward: sign Kyler Murray no matter what it takes. He is the best option the Cardinals have at this point, and unless he gets the classic Bidwill family “low ball offer” that’s stiffed many Cardinal players in the past, there’s no way this can go wrong.

Sure, the Cardinals may start a few practices without Murray come August. Still, it’s not like Murray has been a heavy participant in preseason games (especially last season’s terrible outing against the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason).

It’ll be interesting to see if there are any potential outs written into the agreement, along with a no-trade clause. What if the DeAndre Hopkins suspension results in a huge step backward for Murray this season?

Would the Cardinals look to pull a Matt LaFleur/Brian Gutekunst move where they drafted Jordan Love? I highly doubt that will happen, but this franchise dumped Josh Rosen after only one season.

Anything can happen.

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