Steve Keim recognizes value of building around Kyler Murray on his rookie contract

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Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim thinks he has an incredibly valuable asset in a franchise quarterback who can not yet negotiate for a new contract.

Kyler Murray is heading into Year 3 with the Cardinals and has a cap hit of just $9.76 million, a bargain for a franchise quarterback. Keim says that’s a great position for a G.M. to be in.

“Now, with a guy like Kyler Murray, the thing that is so exciting for me is having the opportunity to build around a young player, a guy you can grow with as an organization and as a roster,” Keim said. “And there are different things you can do, especially with a rookie contract, as opposed to a veteran who is making a considerable part of your salary cap.”

After his third season, Murray will be able to negotiate for a new contract, so the Cardinals may not have a bargain much longer. It also may be the year when head coach Kliff Kingsbury has to prove he can win or be replaced. So the Cardinals need to win now, with Murray’s value relative to his cap hit perhaps at the highest point it will ever be.

24 responses to “Steve Keim recognizes value of building around Kyler Murray on his rookie contract

  1. lol!!

    This guy is one of the league’s biggest idiots. Clueless.

    They kept paying Fitzgerald for no reason, got fleeced in the Chandler Jones deal (while NE won 2 SBs with Thuney on a rookie deal), and drafted a guy at qb 1st overall who can’t take snaps from under Center due to his height.

    Oh, he also had a DUI and just overpaid numerous free agents and drafted a Rover in Rd 1.

    lol

  2. And this would be the biggest indication that Keim is clueless. You don’t build around barely average, undersized QB’s incapable of winning games.

  3. cakesw says:
    June 26, 2021 at 10:23 am
    Patriot fans still can’t accept they lost the Chandler Jones trade…
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    After which the Patriots went to 3 more Super Bowls, winning two, setting off even more reality disconnect in fans, watching those duckboat parades and weeping for the poor trades and signings. Losers.

  4. cakesw says:
    June 26, 2021 at 10:23 am
    Patriot fans still can’t accept they lost the Chandler Jones trade…

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    Choosing Mr. February, cap health, 3 SB appearances, drafting a HOF Guard all say otherwise.

    There was nothing to lose other than extra meaningless sacks, poor edge setting, no coverage ability and 17 mil per for a one trick pony 4-3 DE.

    On top of that, Jones was on his knees on synethic marijuana (he has no idea what that really is), at the Foxborough FD making a fool of himself.

    The 2nd was turned into a HOF Guard and 2 rings. End of story.

    Thuney>Chandler Jones.

  5. They would be better off to try to extend him now rather then let the price only go much higher if he has continued success.

  6. He does understand that if Kingsbury doesn’t work out he’s gone, right? He can’t be that obtuse.

  7. Since when was Murray a good QB? I have seen him play and he is very inaccurate with the football and misses plays a lot. He is an average at best QB.

  8. Cards are going to be good this year! Bet on it! Upgraded O line with Hudson now at center and upgraded guard too. Added AJ Green at WR. Defense added Watt and Collins. With Chandler Jones, Watt and Gardek rushing…have fun QBs. Cards are going to a dang good team…bet on it

  9. Oh please Patriot fans…

    Firstly… its obvious… the Patriots were going to win those Super Bowls no matter what because they had Tom Brady.

    They may have won 3 had they had Chandler

    And please… stop with the Thuney stuff… he wasn’t included in the trade…he just HAPPENED to be developed by a pick that they eventually ended up with.

    The Patriots didn’t trade Jones thinking they were going to get Thuney and Thuney was going to be a pro bowler.

    They got Jonathan Cooper… who couldn’t make the team… a 2nd rounder who was out of the league two years later…and a pick that ultimately turned out to be Thuney…

    Who…like the rest of the Patriots who leave ( Aside from Jones…who has been an ALL-Pro in Arizona) will turn out to be a Tom Brady puffed up average player at best.

  10. To further my point about Patriot fan delusion…

    A Patriot fan just proclaimed that Joe Thuney was a HOF Guard…

    Hall of Fame…

    Joe Thuney…

    Bro… I hate to break this to you… but Joe Thuney won’t sniff the Hall of Fame…

  11. Keim couldn’t build a box castle with my sons LEGO’s. Everyone know you build a team through the draft, not by signing and trading for already established veterans who want to come to Arizona for their last payday. Other than losing enough to get the consensus #1 overall pick (Murray) and drafting budda baker (good player but was the first safety to make a pro bowl without an interception)…how many elite players has Keim drafted in 11 years as GM….not to mention the misses when he was the director of player personnel? The guy has relied on his 20 plus year friendship with owner Michael Bidwill, to continue to be bad at his job.

    P. S. He also drafted linebackers with their 1 round draft picks the last 2 years. With Isaiah simmons being a questionable fit in a 3-4 defense.

    Keim. Is. Horrible.

  12. Lots of people were saying a lot worse things about Jason Licht last year, around this same time, than they are saying about Steve Keim. Now, after signing Tom Brady and winning a super bowl, people are talking about all the genius moves Licht has made since he’s been the GM in Tampa Bay. That they were actually on the verge of winning, and Brady just happened to get lucky and arrive at the right time. The Bucs hadn’t won a single playoff game in 18 years, but that’s just a tiny, insignificant detail. A great QB makes all your bad moves look like good moves. Murray is getting closer and closer to becoming a great QB. He’s a great athlete, but he has a lot of QB talent, too. Reminds me of Steve Young early in his career. Young was such a great athlete, it’s sometimes hard to sit there in the pocket and get crushed, when you can take off and run for 20 yards. Eventually, with the help of Mike Shanahan, Steve Young turned into a decent QB. Then, with the signing of Deion Sanders when he was in his prime, Young won a super bowl and became a HOFer. So there are a lot of variables, but the Cardinals are moving in the right direction..

  13. Fire this guy tonght if possible. Should have let him go after his second DUI, a paid vacation didnt help anything.

  14. Steve Keim recognizes value of building around Kyler Murray on his rookie contract
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    After watching Keim with the Cards for many years(since 2013) I don’t think he recognizes much of anything. He just went in neck deep with Murray and now he has no choice but to roll with the choice he made!

    Remember just a year earlier Rosen was going to be the Cards savior!

  15. charliecharger says:
    June 26, 2021 at 6:10 pm
    Lots of people were saying a lot worse things about Jason Licht last year, around this same time, than they are saying about Steve Keim. Now, after signing Tom Brady and winning a super bowl, people are talking about all the genius moves Licht has made since he’s been the GM in Tampa Bay. That they were actually on the verge of winning, and Brady just happened to get lucky and arrive at the right time. The Bucs hadn’t won a single playoff game in 18 years, but that’s just a tiny, insignificant detail. A great QB makes all your bad moves look like good moves.
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    No one player has ever won a Super Bowl, it takes a TEAM!

  16. Steve Cunningham says:
    June 26, 2021 at 9:15 pm
    charliecharger says:
    June 26, 2021 at 6:10 pm
    Lots of people were saying a lot worse things about Jason Licht last year, around this same time, than they are saying about Steve Keim. Now, after signing Tom Brady and winning a super bowl, people are talking about all the genius moves Licht has made since he’s been the GM in Tampa Bay. That they were actually on the verge of winning, and Brady just happened to get lucky and arrive at the right time. The Bucs hadn’t won a single playoff game in 18 years, but that’s just a tiny, insignificant detail. A great QB makes all your bad moves look like good moves.
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    No one player has ever won a Super Bowl, it takes a TEAM!

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    You are wasting your time with these Brady Fanboy types. They’re either immature 20 somethings who don’t know the sport or some older creepy person who lives in a basement. Or maybe it’s both.

    They literally think Brady plays all positions, coaches, runs the ball, blocks, etc.

  17. cakesw says:
    June 26, 2021 at 4:29 pm
    To further my point about Patriot fan delusion…

    A Patriot fan just proclaimed that Joe Thuney was a HOF Guard…

    Hall of Fame…

    Joe Thuney…

    Bro… I hate to break this to you… but Joe Thuney won’t sniff the Hall of Fame…

    8 5 Rate This

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    We sure about this?

    Why are great, tough, consistent and championship level players in NE magically not HOF caliber, but magically players everywhere else are? Is there a rule that was put in place that you people think you need to follow out there to somehow proclaim NE’s 2 dynasties feature no HoF players?

    Do you watch the NFL? He’s been a top 3 Guard in the league since day 1.

    Do you think he just magically signed the highest contract ever in NFL history by accident?

    Hint: Logan Mankins could very well be in the HOF and Thuney is actuallly better than him.

    If Alan Faneca is in the HoF, Thuney is a 1st ballot HoF barring his careet ending earlier than expected. One of the better technically proficient Guards of the last 20 years.

  18. Murray is trash, worst quarterback I have ever seen, he depends on running and is the shorter version of Lamar Jackson, he is good because the run game is good and the Cardinals have Fitz and Hopkins. Murray, worst 1st overall pick ever.

  19. Why are great, tough, consistent and championship level players in NE magically not HOF caliber?

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    They are. Gronk will be in and so will Brady. Sadly both those guys blew town because BB put his own ego ahead of the team

  20. touchback6 says:
    June 26, 2021 at 10:20 pm
    cakesw says:
    June 26, 2021 at 4:29 pm
    To further my point about Patriot fan delusion…

    A Patriot fan just proclaimed that Joe Thuney was a HOF Guard…

    Hall of Fame…

    Joe Thuney…

    Bro… I hate to break this to you… but Joe Thuney won’t sniff the Hall of Fame…

    8 5 Rate This

    —————

    We sure about this?

    Why are great, tough, consistent and championship level players in NE magically not HOF caliber, but magically players everywhere else are? Is there a rule that was put in place that you people think you need to follow out there to somehow proclaim NE’s 2 dynasties feature no HoF players?

    Do you watch the NFL? He’s been a top 3 Guard in the league since day 1.

    Do you think he just magically signed the highest contract ever in NFL history by accident?

    Hint: Logan Mankins could very well be in the HOF and Thuney is actuallly better than him.

    If Alan Faneca is in the HoF, Thuney is a 1st ballot HoF barring his careet ending earlier than expected. One of the better technically proficient Guards of the last 20 years.
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    In Fanecas 1st 5 seasons he made all pro 1st team twice, in Joe Thuney 1st 5 seasons hes made it 0. Currently theres no comparison and the fact that 5 years in the league hes yet to be recognized as the best currently playing in any season it’s absolutely laughable how you keep repeating Thuney will be HOF sorry theres no such thing as troll magic, just because you repeat something over and over it doesnt make it true.

  21. Exactly…

    Alan Faneca was a CONSIDERABLY better guard than Joe Thuney currently is.

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