Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray wants a long-term extension that would make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in football.
However, the Cardinals have yet to offer Murray a new contract, and Murray’s agent has rescinded his opening proposal, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Now, executives around the league say that, despite the apparent impasse between the team and its quarterback, the Cardinals are not likely to trade him, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, per an April 17 story on Bleacher Report.
“They think that Arizona knows that they have a good situation with him, a franchise quarterback,” Fowler said.
Because he is entering his fourth season Murray is eligible for an extension. He’s set to make $5.5 million in 2022, but, according to Pelissero, it is expected Murray would hold out from playing without an extension.
The clock is ticking.
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In the wake of Pelissero’s report, speculation about which teams would trade for Murray has arisen. In an April 15 story on CBS Sports, Cody Benjamin listed 10 possible suitors, with the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints as his top three logical landing spots for Murray.
From the Cardinals’ perspective, the team has been planning for the day it offers Murray an extension, according to Fowler. In fact, the Cardinals will expect to have $93 million in cap space for the 2023 season, according to Over The Cap.
“Arizona, I’m told, has budgeted for having to re-sign Murray for a while now,” he said in the Bleacher Report story. “They knew this day was coming, just probably a little earlier than they thought it would based on the pressure that Murray and his agent have put on things.”
Typically, quarterbacks don’t reach extensions before the draft, which starts April 28. According to an April 14 tweet by Arizona Republic’s Kent Somers, the extensions for Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz weren’t made until June or later.
But the current quarterback market is through the roof. Pelissero tweeted on April 14 that Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford and Derek Carr have signed contract extensions worth $40 million or more in the past month.
There is still concern over a possible holdout and Murray’s “boiling point.”
“Still some questions whether he’ll show up for offseason workouts coming up, given his contract situation,” Bleacher Report reported Fowler as saying. “And something’s going to have to reach a boiling point, because he’s going to want a deal soon, possibly around draft time. If it doesn’t happen by then, things could get even more complicated.”
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Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the Cardinals have told Murray they will extend his contract in the summer.
“Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Cardinals have told Murray they’ll take care of him this summer,” Florio said on April 14.
However, on April 18, former wide receiver James Jones, appearing on NFL Network’s “NFL Total Access” said he thought Murray will be traded.
“I think Kyler Murray is out of here,” Jones said. “I think Kyler Murray is not going to be in Arizona going into this season. It’s just too much. It’s been too much. Since he’s came into this organization, especially this season, it’s always been, ‘Well, this ain’t right. That ain’t right. Well this happened and that happened.’ It’s just been too much. So I think the organization is like, ‘You know what? There’s a lot of teams out there with some draft capital. This is a young phenom, a young superstar in the National Football League, possible could win one or two MVP’s.”
General manager Steve Keim said in March that the team would “absolutely” exercise Murray’s fifth-year option. Murray’s salary in 2023 will be more than $23 million due to the new collective bargaining agreement from 2021.