As to Kyler Murray’s social-media message, the silence is deafening

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One of the most fascinating — and unexpected — Super Bowl-week stories has come from the Cardinals and the quarterback who has erased all reference to the Cardinals from his social-media accounts.

We’ve tried to find out what’s going on both from the team and from Murray’s camp. The complete silence in response to all efforts to get to the truth is becoming deafening.

It’s no accident. The changing of social-media profiles requires affirmative effort. It’s not like a hub cap coming off a wheel. Murray went in and made the changes.

He did it one day after the Pro Bowl, after days spent around players from other teams. Days spent hearing about how it is in other organizations. Days spent being recruited — in jest or seriously or somewhere in between — by older players from other teams.

His contract hovers over this, too. While it’s possible that the two sides have reached an impasse in talks on a second deal, it’s also possible that the team is trying to kick the can for another year, like the Ravens did with Lamar Jackson and the Browns have done with Baker Mayfield. Maybe Murray wants his reward now, not in a year.

Regardless, Monday’s move was no accident. In the event that it was, or that it’s simply being misinterpreted, enough of a stink has been made to prompt Murray to put the toothpaste back in the tube, if he didn’t intended his gesture to create real questions about whether he’s truly committed to his current team.

As it stands, those questions are hovering. They’ll stay there until Murray clarifies his intentions and desires.

20 responses to “As to Kyler Murray’s social-media message, the silence is deafening

  1. It was a huge whiff by Keim. The kid wants to play baseball and is way too small to be a long term answer. Running all the time or scrambling is not sustainable in this league.

  2. I’m just going to stand back and watch the Cardinals blow themselves up. The front office give strong vibes that they lack confidence in the head coach. The quarterback is looking selfish and immature. All this after three years of incremental improvement.

  3. Assuming the cards exercise their 5th-year-option, he is under contract for 2 more full years. How on earth does he feel entiteled for an extension? Keep a low profile, stay healthy, start winning playoff games (!!!) and chose Your team in 2 years – may it be the cards or whoever else. As for the argument of “long term financial security”: Man, if You haven´t noticed yet: You are already set for generations with Your rookie contract. Try to earn it!

  4. Childish. It’s prudent for the Cardinals to wait. He didn’t exactly play very well in the last half of the season. I wouldn’t give him, Mayfield, or Lamar a big contract. They aren’t in the same category as Joe Burrow.

  5. What leverage can he really have? Especially after the interception against Rams.

    And you mention silence. No one from the Cards has come to Murray’s defense after Michael Robinson said he looked scared on NFL Network.

  6. The fact that the Red Desert birds aren’t making a sound shows you that this is not going to end well. Kayla needs to find a different sport or position.

  7. Right now he is a bust, he is too short to see the field. Hold him in the pocket he can’t see very much of the field because he can’t see over any of the O-line which pretty much renders him useless and the other teams have figured that out. Double cover the primary receiver, don’t let him out of the pocket and he panics then makes stupid/desperate plays. The gimmick pick (and gimmick coach) is another waste of first round picks, time to start over and let Murray walk a team like Detroit, Miami or Jets are always stupid enough to over pay for marginal talent.

  8. You generally need to have actually done something before you start acting like you’re special.

  9. I am guessing leverage for discussions that are not looking good for big $. Cards are simply heading toward option years. Cue in the Baker Mayfield is making more than me wah wah wah…. Now, looking for a way to bail on AZ &, most importantly, NOT having to pay back the huge signing bonus.

  10. A long term QB career just isn’t in the Cards if you come up short every winter.
    I’m here all week.

  11. The Cardinals have one more season on the base rookie contract, then the fifth year option, then the franchise tag. The only way Murray sees UFA before the 2025 off-season is if he doesn’t play well enough to deserve the option seasons or if he OBJ’s his way off the team. Since his level of performance clearly drops of as the season wears on, does anyone think he will be very effective after 3 more 17-game seasons?

  12. For those referring to height, Brees and Tarkington both just 3 inches taller at 6 ft,but I guess you gotta draw a line somewhere.

  13. Who is his agent? Murray’s agent needs to get ahold of Crash Davis and teach him athlete speak and the modern-day equivalent, social media behavior for athletes. The immature silent treatment is not the kind of thing that makes a team want to give you a lot of money and sign you long term. Look at the guys who have what you want and do what they did.

  14. Wait, an NFL player anting to get away from social media? Not exactly the most earth-shattering news I’ve heard this week. . . . .

  15. I like the dopes above saying he’s a bust. I don’t agree with him scrubbing his social media but the kid was ROY in year one and has made two pro bowls in his next two years. WTH does he have to do?? One bad playoff game means nothing about the future.

  16. That pick 6 from the end zone was maybe the worst play in NFL playoff history, but calling Murray a bust is ridiculous.

    They wasted a first round pick on Rosen because they had to have Murray. Yes, they can keep him for three more seasons with the fifth year option and two franchise tags, but since when is franchise tagging a QB a good solution to anything? It just jacks up the price for all QBs.

    So, what’s the plan if they let him walk? And if you replace him and don’t do any better without him, does that prove that he wasn’t the problem after all? Fans and the media always want to move on to the shiny, new thing, but it’s never that simple to replace a QB and magically get better.

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