Cardinals Named Landing Spot for Retired 13-Time Pro Bowl QB

Kliff Kingsbury

Getty Images Coach Kliff Kingsbury reacts during the second half against the Saints in 2019.

The Arizona Cardinals seem to be in lockstep with quarterback Kyler Murray, but that doesn’t mean the gambling industry has to agree.

The oddsmakers at Bookies.com listed the Cardinals as one of the favored landing spots of 43-year-old retired quarterback Drew Brees after Brees dropped a Twitter bombshell about his future, noting he “may play football again.”

“Despite speculation from media about my future this fall, I’m currently undecided,” Brees tweeted on May 16. “I may work for NBC, I may play football again, I may focus on business and philanthropy, I may train for the pickleball tour, senior golf tour, coach my kids or all of the above. I’ll let you know.”

After Brees’ tweet went viral, speculation arose on where he could play if he were to return to the NFL. According to Bookies.com, the Cardinals were third in the odds, at +600, of being Brees’ next team. The Seattle Seahawks are the favorites at -150 with his former team, the New Orlean Saints, following them at +500.

Despite the conjecture, Saints coach Dennis Allen said on May 16 that Brees’ tweet was likely “made in jest.”

Brees, a 13-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer, retired after the 2020 season and worked for NBC in 2021 as an analyst and broadcaster, but he will not be back on NBC in fall, according to The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand, who reported on May 15 that Brees and NBC had parted ways.

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Oddsmakers’ Take on Cardinals Situation

Adam Thompson of Bookies.com wrote about the logic behind placing the Cardinals third in the running for Brees.

“Kyler Murray is the man in Arizona – until he isn’t, and nobody is really sure all fences have been mended,” Thompson wrote for a story published May 17. “Perhaps Murray ends up in Carolina; would the Cards prefer Darnold, Colt McCoy or Drew Brees on this win-now team? It could be argued that the Falcons and Panthers – teams not on the cusp of competing for a championship – aren’t what Brees is looking for. Seattle and Arizona, on the other hand, might be.”

It doesn’t seem that the Cardinals are in a position to trade Murray. On April 21, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said there was “zero chance” Murray would be traded before the new season.

“Nothing has changed in terms of him being our long-term and short-term quarterback,” Keim told reporters during his pre-draft press conference.

Though he is retired, Brees is still under contract with the Saints for one more year, so if he were to return to the NFL, they would have the rights to his services. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, “If someone else wants him, they’d first have to deal with the Saints.”


2022 Timeline on Murray

The Cardinals suffered an excruciating 34-11 playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams in which Murray had a disaster of a game. He threw two interceptions and failed to record a touchdown. Still, Murray was selected for his second Pro Bowl in 2022.

Murray, who is entering his fourth season in the league, is looking for a contract extension. The drama started when Murray removed all references to the Cardinals from his Instagram. Things spiraled out of control a week later when ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the vibes between Murray and the Cardinals were “indeed alarming” and said the quarterback was “frustrated” with the franchise.

After Murray asked for an extension, coach Kliff Kingsbury and Keim received extensions through the 2027 season. But after a controversy-filled offseason, things appear to have settled down between the two parties.

On April 21, Murray tweeted, “I wanna win Super Bowls with the Cardinals, AZ is home,” in response to former Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who said on his “All Things Covered” podcast that the 24-year-old quarterback wouldn’t finish his career with the Cardinals.

Murray was also excited to see the Cardinals trade for a former Oklahoma teammate, wide receiver Marquise Brown, on the first night of the draft.

Arizona picked up Murray’s fifth-year option for 2023, but the clock is ticking for the team to reach an extension with the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

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