Are Cardinals, Kyler Murray negotiating a contract?

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As former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray makes the pre-draft rounds, he has been accompanied only once by agent Erik Burkhardt. That happened when Murray visited the Cardinals.

Some would say that Burkhardt’s representation of both Murray and Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury made the arrangement not so unusual. But there’s another angle that merits consideration.

Are the Cardinals negotiating a contract with Burkhardt for Murray?

With the team and the league (and the networks that will broadcast the draft) having a clear interest in keeping Arizona’s plans for the first pick under wraps, no one will be saying whether talks on a four-year deal are occurring. But it would make sense for the Cardinals to want to get Murray signed to an agreement that includes a no-baseball clause before putting his name on the first 2019 draft card.

Before the 2011 CBA, teams would from time to time sign the first overall pick to a contract before the draft. Since 2011, however, there is less to negotiation. Moreover, as the draft has continued to grow, however, it has become more important to keep as much about the process as secret as possible.

It’s a natural extension of the no-tipping-picks mandate that the league annually sends to its broadcast partners. Indeed, the worst pick to tip is the first one, and if Murray ends up signing a contract at the time he’s picked, the negotiations leading up to that deal are something that everyone will keep quiet until the moment Burkhardt produces the final draft from his briefcase in the green room and Murray signs applies his signature to it while Murray is on the phone with Kingsbury, G.M. Steve Keim, and/or owner Michael Bidwill.

28 responses to “Are Cardinals, Kyler Murray negotiating a contract?

  1. I would say it’s highly doubtful, if the Cardinals was in contract negotiations with him then it would seem that neither the Cardinals nor Kyler Murray would want him to continue to take visits with other teams. And seeing that’s he is visiting the Giants make it highly unlikely.

  2. If he is negotiating, I hope and pray he doesn’t share the same agent as Ozzie Albies..!!! sheeez..

  3. The Cardinals’ first pick is still ambiguous. The NFL is doing a great job of creating intrigue and extending the NFL season well into late spring. Who needs the AAF?

    Consider all the moving parts: the Cardinals have kept a tight lid on who they are choosing which means Keim, Bidwell, and Kingsbury are shutting down any and all leaks. Also, their management of Josh Rosen here is impressive. The first round pick hasn’t said anything. Outside of his “hacked social media”, there hasn’t been any clues of his inside knowledge of his status. Finally, if trade talks have been initiated, then interested parties are also doing a great job of keeping a lid on things.

    When all this finalizes itself in Nashville and everything reveals itself, it will be pretty insane to see how many people were able to keep this contained.

    That being said, this all goes to show how “leaks” in the NFL are probably subtle, controlled press releases.

  4. If Cardinals decide to keep Rosen, it will be the biggest mistake in franchise history. Murrays talents is far superior then Rosen. I don’t understand the love fest for Rosen… Murray will bring national attention to this pathetic team that Keim built.

  5. ricko1112 says:
    April 11, 2019 at 10:08 pm
    If the Cards draft this kid, they will continue to be the clowns of the NFL.
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    Well they hired Kliff Kingsbury after he was fired from Texas Tech with a losing record so it could be argued their already in the clown car.They might as well go all in and give him the QB that fits his system otherwise why did you hire him? I mean i wouldn`t draft Murray but i wouldn`t have hired Kingsbury either. They did so don`t go half way.

  6. At least give Rosen a chance.. Taking qbs in the top 10 back to back years shows what a joke there franchise is.. Smh.

  7. I feel bad for Larry Fitz. One of the top WRs to ever play and he has had to deal with rebuilds, new QBs, different coaches and just bad teams constantly. He deserves better.

  8. Tashan Harrison says:
    April 11, 2019 at 11:01 pm
    I would say it’s highly doubtful, if the Cardinals was in contract negotiations with him then it would seem that neither the Cardinals nor Kyler Murray would want him to continue to take visits with other teams. And seeing that’s he is visiting the Giants make it highly unlikely.
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    I dont understand this take at all. If the cardinals wanted everyone to know who they were picking they would tell us. Since they haven’t told us, they don’t want us to know. So why would they do anything that lets the world know their pick??? Preventing him from taking visits would give their intentions away. Aside from the fact that they can’t prevent him from taking visits (they can only tell him not to, with a wink and a nod) and Murray would have to decline visits. You really think Murray wants to come across as a diva and refuse taking visits to other teams? If anything, they’d want to let Murray visit teams for no reason other than keeping their plans a secret

  9. I don’t feel sorry for Larry Fitzgerald. Great player and man, but fool to stay committed to Cards all this time. i fault him for not having the drive and desire to leave and win a title.

  10. The tip picking thing is a little silly. People who watch the draft are going to watch the draft. No one is going to change their mind just because they know who the first pick is going to be. There have been years when the first pick was completely obvious to everyone and the ratings were fine.

    No one overthinks things better than the NFL.

  11. Why would the Cardinals want to keep anything a secret? If Murray is supposedly the lock that many “experts” hype him to be then the #2 slot effectively becomes the valuable trade property. As the years have gone by I have become less and less interested in the draft. The pomp and circumstance, the acting like they are in the know reporters and announcers all trying to be first, the coverage focusing on the next pick rather than the one that just happened are unbearable. I’ll look and see who the Dolphins pick after it is over. NFL can keep their manufactured drama.

  12. Murray is taking other visits which is odd after visiting the Cardinals. Mayne it’s all a front or maybe the Cardinals take Bosa. Can’t wait to see what happens on draft day.

  13. “cardinalsfan87 says:April 12, 2019 at 10:37 am
    Murray is taking other visits which is odd after visiting the Cardinals. Mayne it’s all a front or maybe the Cardinals take Bosa. Can’t wait to see what happens on draft day.”
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    The Cardinals tipped their hand when they didn’t meet with Murray at the Combine and inexplicably didn’t attend the Oklahoma Pro day. It’s as if they were desperately attempting to tell the football world that they weren’t “interested”. That was a lousy tell. Kingsbury and the front office are guys you would love to have sit across from you at the poker table.

  14. Ya, Murray is working out a contract with Arizona yet he is still feels the need to visit & audition for other teams having just visited Oakland, New York and the Washington Redskins on Monday.

  15. I really hope they pass on Murray, just out of spite for all of this stupid drama. On another note, if they really are going to draft Murray, shouldn’t the GM be in extremely hot water? If they do draft Murray, the GM completely wasted a top 10 pick last year and hired a 1 and done coach. Not many GMs around the league would survive that. I also expect the Kingsbury hire to be a total disaster. The guy has never coached winning football (career college record 35-40), and one of his first changes he made was to allow cell phone breaks during meetings? LOL! His only claim to fame is lucking out recruiting Mahommes, and Mahommes is a freak. Kermit the frog could’ve coached Mahommes and he’d still be a great QB.

  16. It’s ridiculous to think that keeping the #1 pick a secret is so important to the league and the networks. You know what happens if Murray gets signed before draft day? Everyone starts focusing on what the 49ers are going to do at #2. The speculation machine changes gears and nothing changes.

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