The Arizona Cardinals quarterback’s contract once again has landed itself on the wrong end of the discussion, this time among the most complicated.
I have never, in my life, seen a fanbase make excuse after excuse for a mediocre player as much as fans of the Arizona Cardinals have made for quarterback Kyler Murray. Despite his constant moping every time he has a bad series – something he has done since his rookie season, stagnant play, and inability to consistently win in the NFL, the Red Sea continues to make excuses.
They point to head coach Kliff Kingsbury, and claim he and Murray can’t coexist. And while Kingsbury needs to be given his walking papers, he is, ultimately, not the one on the field unable to execute. Great quarterbacks can make a bad team look halfway decent, but mediocre quarterbacks (and coaches) can bring down a good football team.
That said, Murray needs to shoulder equal responsibility here, something any logical person should realize. No, it’s not entirely on him, but a great deal of it is. And that’s why ESPN’s Dan Graziano listed Murray’s contract as one of the most complicated in the NFL.
Arizona Cardinals quarterback’s stagnant performance complicates contract
Murray was one of 12 quarterbacks Graziano listed with complicated contracts. Here is what he had to say regarding Murray’s overpaid deal:
"“Perhaps you’re wondering whether the Cardinals can escape the Murray deal — especially if there are changes on the horizon to the coaching staff and/or front office.” – Dan Graziano, per ESPN."
Graziano said there was no escaping this contract following the season, and although I could see a general manager jumping at the opportunity to trade for Murray, by far the likeliest scenario is that Murray stays in the desert. However, there is a chance that the Cardinals cut Murray after the 2023 season IF he and the Cardinals continue to stagnate – Hint: They will.
Despite Graziano stating the unlikelihood of the Cardinals escaping Murray’s inflated contract, he did say if when it came to discussing whether the Redbirds would move Murray following the season. But as I mentioned, this is a possibly considering the Cardinals found a trading partner willing to take on that contract.
Possible? Absolutely. Look at the Houston Texans, a team in dire straits. Or the Detroit Lions, who might see more value in Murray than Jared Goff. Perhaps the Washington Commanders believe he’s the missing link. My advice to the Cardinals: If you can move the kid, do it, and don’t think twice about it. There is a man named Jimmy who tore apart your defense that should be available next season.
Murray is the worst first overall selection at quarterback since Jameis Winston in terms of how far he can take a team. And with professional football being a collective effort, he is equally as responsible as Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim for creating this mess.
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