The statement was tweeted by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, which has come after weeks of offseason drama dating back to Murray’s scrubbing of social media posts following the Pro Bowl on February 6.
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During the first day of the NFL combine, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury was asked about Murray on March 1.
Kingsbury Addresses Murray Situation
The 42-year old coach spoke for the first time since their 34-11 playoff loss to the Rams in the Wild Card round. On March 1, Kingsbury made it clear that Murray is the Cardinals’ priority for the long haul.
“I think all of our long-term goal is for Kyler Murray to be our quarterback and he understands that,” said Kingsbury. “He understands my view of him. It’s all part of the business right now and things will continue to work through.”
Kingsbury shares the same agent as Murray and was asked if he had any inkling as to the statement and if there’s a concern for the offseason with the young quarterback.
“Yeah I didn’t know it was coming,” said Kingsbury. “As far as concern for the offseason, Kyler hasn’t had an offseason yet because of the back-to-back COVID years and then with the CBA. So we’d love to get him there. I think that could be crucial for the entire team to actually have an offense together and work on football things. If it doesn’t work out, we’ve been through it before.”
Things spiraled out of control on Super Bowl Sunday when ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported the vibes between Murray and the Cardinals were “indeed alarming” and said the quarterback is “frustrated” with the franchise. Then, Murray broke his silence with a statement of his own, stating “all of this nonsense is not what I’m about.”
While Kingsbury told the media while he hasn’t been in contact with Murray since the statement was released, the Cardinals coach said both are in a “great place.”
“He understands my view of him,” said Kingsbury. “He’s improved dramatically on the field and as a leader.”
GM Speaks on Murray
General manager Steve Keim also participated in answering questions from the media at the NFL combine. He was asked if he’s talked to Murray recently.
“I have not talked to them in a few days but there has always been current dialog,” Keim said. “The one thing I will say in regards to the statement, I think it’s an agent doing his job. I have a lot of respect for Erik Burkhardt, obviously for Kyler Murray.”
Keim also said that any conversations concerning Murray’s contract will remain confidential going forward.
According to PHNX Cardinals reporter Johnny Venerable, Keim will pick up Murray’s fifth-year option.
Keim also told the media he doesn’t think Murray will hold out. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on February 28 that his expectation is the signal-caller won’t play for his current salary.
“I do not expect Kyler Murray to play for $5.5 million this season. In other words, the ball is now in the Cardinals’ court. Do they pay Murray on a long-term extension now or do they run the risk of their franchise quarterback not being there when training camp begins in July?”