Cardinals pick up Kyler Murray’s fifth-year option

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It’s been a rocky offseason for quarterback Kyler Murray and the Cardinals, but things appear to have gotten on better footing of late and the Cardinals moved to extend their working relationship through at least the 2023 season on Wednesday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the team has exercised its option on Murray’s contract for that season. It was an expected move for the first overall pick of the 2019 draft.

Murray is now guaranteed a salary of $29.703 million for the 2023 campaign, but he’s already shown interest in a long-term contract extension and it seems unlikely that he’ll be the starting quarterback in Arizona on the last year of his deal when that season gets underway.

Discussion about such an extension could pick up in the months leading into training camp and the lack of an agreement before the season starts would likely set the stage for a lot of big decisions about the future of the Cardinals once the year comes to an end.

35 responses to “Cardinals pick up Kyler Murray’s fifth-year option

  1. Unfortunate for Cardinals fans. If this year the Cards start strong and yet again fizzle out by the second half of the season — for the third year in a row, they might just regret investing so much in Murray. No one else could be directly responsible for their continued second half slumps, except for maybe Kingsbury.

  2. The ultimate “we’re not so sure” declaration for “excercising” the option.

    Damning.

  3. Murray is not worth huge money. He’s small and needs to run to be effective. Not a good combo. In all fairness though, dude has no weapons outside of Hopkins.

  4. Lol scrubbing all those Cardinal pictures really got him a long term contract

  5. “…it seems unlikely that he’ll be the starting quarterback in Arizona on the last year of his deal when that season gets underway.”

    Why wouldn’t he be the starting quarterback? Did I miss something?

  6. He May not be the absolute best but remember, Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl so you dont have to have the very best .

  7. Is it pride? Is it not wanting to admit a mistake? The Cardinals especially Kelm won’t admit their wrong about his ability to be a high end NFL QB. Throwing good $$$$after bad.

  8. If he has half a brain he holds out of camp for a real contract extension that fairly compensates him. Something in the 45 mill a year for 5 years fully guaranteed should meet the low end of the range.

  9. This is actually a good outcome. I am not convinced that Murray is the Cardinals franchise QB, and, obviously, Keim and Bidwell are not yet sure either. This gives Murray two years to show if he is, indeed, their franchise QB.

  10. I’ve never disliked and liked a player more than Kyler Murray. Good luck figuring this one out, Cardinals.

  11. They are proving to him they still have control over this situation. Not giving him a deal and saying we have you and then we can tag you. He is not worth a contract yet anyway. So far he has proven nothing. Let him play and prove it then go get a real QB,.

  12. Murray won’t be playing out his 5th year option as Arizona and K1’s camp will get a long term deal done well before camp kicks off. Right after the draft concludes the next thing on the teams agenda will be extending Murray.
    Murray is going to get PAID either way but Arizona needs to get a deal done within the next few months as Arizona can likely get Murray on a team friendly deal around 40-45M per year. Murray finished last season ranked in the top 5 in almost every significant passing stat. Murray was one of the best completing passes when no one was considered open via PFF w/ Highest percentage of dropbacks where *0* pass-catchers were considered open in 2021 (PFF)1. Aaron Rodgers (20.9%) 2.Kyler Murray (19.4%) 3. Davis Mills (19.3%) 4. Russell Wilson (19.1%)5. Jalen Hurts (19%) and ON TOP of that Murray posted the 2nd highest PFF passing grade among all QBs posting an elite 88.1 overall passing grade. Murray also ranked 2nd in overall CMP percentage, ranked top 3 deep ball accuracy all 3yrs was 2nd last year, most completions of 20+YDs with 35 last year, top 5 in big time throws, 7th w/ a 100.6 passer rating, 2nd Pro Bowl selection in 3YRs, Murray also ranked 4th in AVG YDs/Attempt AVG 7.9 YDs per pass or 8.5YD Adjusted/AVG. And Murray has yet to his prime yet at just 24yrs old. Murray finished 2021 ranked 6th in the QB index n hovered between 2nd-7th in the index QB rankings all season which changes week to week.
    Murray has also set several NFL records and franchise records despite only being in the league just 3YRs. Murray is just the 2nd QB EVER to pass for 10K+YDs n 60+TDs rush for 1500+YDs n 20+TDs n first 3YRs. Murray has passed for 60+TDs rushed for 20+TDs Faster than ANYONE in NFL History. Murray is the fastest to 10K+YDs passing n NFL History. Over the first 5 games of 2021 Murray was just the 3rd QB ever to CMP 75%+ of his passes n pass for 1500+YDs other being Peyton n Brees.2nd highest CMP percentage EVER Thru 12 games of 72.7% next to Drew Brees.
    As you can see Murray has quite the resume and that’s despite being drafted to what was a talent barren team back in 2019 1st overall yet K1 has still flourished and is one of the best young elite NFL QBs in the NFL. AZ will resign Murray soon over the next two months because the longer this goes on the more expensive K1 will get especially when you consider w/ all of the weapons Murray has on that offense n with AZ expected to add even more talent to both the WR & OL corps Murray is on track to post his best season ever just now entering his prime having barely scratched the surface of his prime years.

  13. He should at least get to he playoffs in 2022, before any discussion on a second contract. To sign him this upcoming summer would be a mistake.

  14. This is the Browns and Baker all over again. They will be looking to upgrade if Kyler doesn’t show up in the playoffs again.

  15. A lot of people around here seem to think replacing Murray would be easy, but it’s not. No, he’s not perfect, no one is. Even Mahomes can’t make KC a “dynasty”. The NFL playoffs are always a tough proposition, even if you have a really strong team. But he’s shown he can win.

    I think they need to upgrade the OL and really emphasize to Murray that when he runs he can’t take hits. Slide or get out of bounds. He can be effective, but if he wants the big contract he has to be on the field.

  16. His long term deal should be for life for $1. He has shown enough immaturity and ineffectiveness to not get more than that and may he be bound to the team foolish enough to cling to him.

  17. hawkkiller says:
    April 28, 2022 at 9:11 am
    Murray won’t be playing out his 5th year option as Arizona and K1’s camp will get a long term deal done well before camp kicks off. Right after the draft concludes the next thing on the teams agenda will be extending Murray.
    Murray is going to get PAID either way but Arizona needs to get a deal done within the next few months as Arizona can likely get Murray on a team friendly deal around 40-45M per year. Murray finished last season ranked in the top 5 in almost every significant passing stat. Murray was one of the best completing passes when no one was considered open via PFF w/ Highest percentage of dropbacks where *0* pass-catchers were considered open in 2021 (PFF)1. Aaron Rodgers (20.9%) 2.Kyler Murray (19.4%) 3. Davis Mills (19.3%) 4. Russell Wilson (19.1%)5. Jalen Hurts (19%) and ON TOP of that Murray posted the 2nd highest PFF passing grade among all QBs posting an elite 88.1 overall passing grade. Murray also ranked 2nd in overall CMP percentage, ranked top 3 deep ball accuracy all 3yrs was 2nd last year, most completions of 20+YDs with 35 last year, top 5 in big time throws, 7th w/ a 100.6 passer rating, 2nd Pro Bowl selection in 3YRs, Murray also ranked 4th in AVG YDs/Attempt AVG 7.9 YDs per pass or 8.5YD Adjusted/AVG. And Murray has yet to his prime yet at just 24yrs old. Murray finished 2021 ranked 6th in the QB index n hovered between 2nd-7th in the index QB rankings all season which changes week to week.
    Murray has also set several NFL records and franchise records despite only being in the league just 3YRs. Murray is just the 2nd QB EVER to pass for 10K+YDs n 60+TDs rush for 1500+YDs n 20+TDs n first 3YRs. Murray has passed for 60+TDs rushed for 20+TDs Faster than ANYONE in NFL History. Murray is the fastest to 10K+YDs passing n NFL History. Over the first 5 games of 2021 Murray was just the 3rd QB ever to CMP 75%+ of his passes n pass for 1500+YDs other being Peyton n Brees.2nd highest CMP percentage EVER Thru 12 games of 72.7% next to Drew Brees.
    As you can see Murray has quite the resume and that’s despite being drafted to what was a talent barren team back in 2019 1st overall yet K1 has still flourished and is one of the best young elite NFL QBs in the NFL. AZ will resign Murray soon over the next two months because the longer this goes on the more expensive K1 will get especially when you consider w/ all of the weapons Murray has on that offense n with AZ expected to add even more talent to both the WR & OL corps Murray is on track to post his best season ever just now entering his prime having barely scratched the surface of his prime years.

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    Let me summarize…AZ is 24-25-1 in Murray’s 3 years as the QB. He’s average at best. And not worth $45 mil.

  18. The Cards are not in a good place. K1 has Hopkins, Green, Ertz, and Conner, all of them have injuries issues from the past and going forward. Will all of them make a 17 game season without injuries, IMHO, I say no. They need more weapons at WR, RB, and TE because of these aging players, and they need edge players to replace Jones and the often injured JJ Watt. With this many needs all of them can not be addressed through this years draft.

    Look for the Cards to be a 7 to 9 win team, and out of the playoffs, unless they hit on every pick in this years draft!

  19. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    April 28, 2022 at 11:15 am
    This is the Browns and Baker all over again. They will be looking to upgrade if Kyler doesn’t show up in the playoffs again.
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    This is nothing like the Browns and Baker. Mayfield never showed the ability to play at an elite level and has been always average at best despite having one of the leagues most loaded rosters around him. Murray has ranked in the top 5 in almost every relevant passing stat the last two years making the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and was an alternate as a freaking rookie winning ROY as well. The reason AZ lost in the playoffs is because they went in their with a decimated roster with several of their top play makers on both sides of the ball playing injured or on IR. When AZ was healthy Murray and AZ blew the Rams on their own field, AZ just lost to many good players to compete at the end of last season with Murray under pressure on every drop back.

  20. ehsguy72 says:
    April 28, 2022 at 11:38 am
    hawkkiller says:
    April 28, 2022 at 9:11 am
    Murray won’t be playing out his 5th year option as Arizona and K1’s camp will get a long term deal done well before camp kicks off. Right after the draft concludes the next thing on the teams agenda will be extending Murray.
    Murray is going to get PAID either way but Arizona needs to get a deal done within the next few months as Arizona can likely get Murray on a team friendly deal around 40-45M per year. Murray finished last season ranked in the top 5 in almost every significant passing stat. Murray was one of the best completing passes when no one was considered open via PFF w/ Highest percentage of dropbacks where *0* pass-catchers were considered open in 2021 (PFF)1. Aaron Rodgers (20.9%) 2.Kyler Murray (19.4%) 3. Davis Mills (19.3%) 4. Russell Wilson (19.1%)5. Jalen Hurts (19%) and ON TOP of that Murray posted the 2nd highest PFF passing grade among all QBs posting an elite 88.1 overall passing grade. Murray also ranked 2nd in overall CMP percentage, ranked top 3 deep ball accuracy all 3yrs was 2nd last year, most completions of 20+YDs with 35 last year, top 5 in big time throws, 7th w/ a 100.6 passer rating, 2nd Pro Bowl selection in 3YRs, Murray also ranked 4th in AVG YDs/Attempt AVG 7.9 YDs per pass or 8.5YD Adjusted/AVG. And Murray has yet to his prime yet at just 24yrs old. Murray finished 2021 ranked 6th in the QB index n hovered between 2nd-7th in the index QB rankings all season which changes week to week.
    Murray has also set several NFL records and franchise records despite only being in the league just 3YRs. Murray is just the 2nd QB EVER to pass for 10K+YDs n 60+TDs rush for 1500+YDs n 20+TDs n first 3YRs. Murray has passed for 60+TDs rushed for 20+TDs Faster than ANYONE in NFL History. Murray is the fastest to 10K+YDs passing n NFL History. Over the first 5 games of 2021 Murray was just the 3rd QB ever to CMP 75%+ of his passes n pass for 1500+YDs other being Peyton n Brees.2nd highest CMP percentage EVER Thru 12 games of 72.7% next to Drew Brees.
    As you can see Murray has quite the resume and that’s despite being drafted to what was a talent barren team back in 2019 1st overall yet K1 has still flourished and is one of the best young elite NFL QBs in the NFL. AZ will resign Murray soon over the next two months because the longer this goes on the more expensive K1 will get especially when you consider w/ all of the weapons Murray has on that offense n with AZ expected to add even more talent to both the WR & OL corps Murray is on track to post his best season ever just now entering his prime having barely scratched the surface of his prime years.

    ———

    Let me summarize…AZ is 24-25-1 in Murray’s 3 years as the QB. He’s average at best. And not worth $45 mil
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    You don’t think context and things like facts matter when discussing Murray’s 24-25-1 record???
    Murray went to a team devoid of talent with the 1st overall pick back in 2019 and immediately dramatically improved the offense going 5-10-1 as a rookie, 8-8 in year two and 11-6 last year. Arizona has gotten better every single year under Murray as QB1.
    To say Murray is average at best is laughable considering he’s made the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and was alternate as a rookie. Murray has ranked in the top 5 in almost every relevant passing statistic each of the last two years. Last season Murray posted the 2nd highest passing grade in the NFL of 88.1, fluctuated between 2nd-7th in the QB ranting index finishing the season ranked 7th despite his WR corps being injured. Murray finished last season ranked 7th in QBR, had a passer rating of 100+, 2nd highest completion percentage, 2nd in deep ball completion percentage, most passes of 20+ YDs among all NFL QBs with 35. I could go on and on. Kyler Murray is an elite NFL QB and one of the best young QBs in the NFL despite just barely scratching the surface of his prime. Not only is Murray an elite passer but he’s also an elite runner capable of gashing defenses picking up chunks of yardage with feet at any given time w/ elite 4.3 40 speed but what really makes him special is his quickness, agility, short area quickness and ability to stop/cut on a dime breaking ankles left and right which is why it’s so hard to get a hand on him and why he almost never gets hit when he does run. Anyone who is taking an honest look at KM knows he’s one of the best QBs in the NFL.

  21. I would be super pissed to only be getting 29 mil for the season. Thats a little over 1.6 mil per wee, cant feed a family on that.

  22. He May not be the absolute best but remember, Trent Dilfer won a Super Bowl so you dont have to have the very best
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    A generational defense carried Dilfer to a Super Bowl.

    12 tds, 11 ints, 78 passer rating… trash QBs like that can’t win Super Bowls these days.

  23. hawkkiller says:
    April 28, 2022 at 12:25 pm
    ehsguy72 says:
    April 28, 2022 at 11:38 am
    hawkkiller says:
    April 28, 2022 at 9:11 am
    Murray won’t be playing out his 5th year option as Arizona and K1’s camp will get a long term deal done well before camp kicks off. Right after the draft concludes the next thing on the teams agenda will be extending Murray.
    Murray is going to get PAID either way but Arizona needs to get a deal done within the next few months as Arizona can likely get Murray on a team friendly deal around 40-45M per year. Murray finished last season ranked in the top 5 in almost every significant passing stat. Murray was one of the best completing passes when no one was considered open via PFF w/ Highest percentage of dropbacks where *0* pass-catchers were considered open in 2021 (PFF)1. Aaron Rodgers (20.9%) 2.Kyler Murray (19.4%) 3. Davis Mills (19.3%) 4. Russell Wilson (19.1%)5. Jalen Hurts (19%) and ON TOP of that Murray posted the 2nd highest PFF passing grade among all QBs posting an elite 88.1 overall passing grade. Murray also ranked 2nd in overall CMP percentage, ranked top 3 deep ball accuracy all 3yrs was 2nd last year, most completions of 20+YDs with 35 last year, top 5 in big time throws, 7th w/ a 100.6 passer rating, 2nd Pro Bowl selection in 3YRs, Murray also ranked 4th in AVG YDs/Attempt AVG 7.9 YDs per pass or 8.5YD Adjusted/AVG. And Murray has yet to his prime yet at just 24yrs old. Murray finished 2021 ranked 6th in the QB index n hovered between 2nd-7th in the index QB rankings all season which changes week to week.
    Murray has also set several NFL records and franchise records despite only being in the league just 3YRs. Murray is just the 2nd QB EVER to pass for 10K+YDs n 60+TDs rush for 1500+YDs n 20+TDs n first 3YRs. Murray has passed for 60+TDs rushed for 20+TDs Faster than ANYONE in NFL History. Murray is the fastest to 10K+YDs passing n NFL History. Over the first 5 games of 2021 Murray was just the 3rd QB ever to CMP 75%+ of his passes n pass for 1500+YDs other being Peyton n Brees.2nd highest CMP percentage EVER Thru 12 games of 72.7% next to Drew Brees.
    As you can see Murray has quite the resume and that’s despite being drafted to what was a talent barren team back in 2019 1st overall yet K1 has still flourished and is one of the best young elite NFL QBs in the NFL. AZ will resign Murray soon over the next two months because the longer this goes on the more expensive K1 will get especially when you consider w/ all of the weapons Murray has on that offense n with AZ expected to add even more talent to both the WR & OL corps Murray is on track to post his best season ever just now entering his prime having barely scratched the surface of his prime years.

    ———

    Let me summarize…AZ is 24-25-1 in Murray’s 3 years as the QB. He’s average at best. And not worth $45 mil
    —————————————————————————————————————

    You don’t think context and things like facts matter when discussing Murray’s 24-25-1 record???
    Murray went to a team devoid of talent with the 1st overall pick back in 2019 and immediately dramatically improved the offense going 5-10-1 as a rookie, 8-8 in year two and 11-6 last year. Arizona has gotten better every single year under Murray as QB1.
    To say Murray is average at best is laughable considering he’s made the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and was alternate as a rookie. Murray has ranked in the top 5 in almost every relevant passing statistic each of the last two years. Last season Murray posted the 2nd highest passing grade in the NFL of 88.1, fluctuated between 2nd-7th in the QB ranting index finishing the season ranked 7th despite his WR corps being injured. Murray finished last season ranked 7th in QBR, had a passer rating of 100+, 2nd highest completion percentage, 2nd in deep ball completion percentage, most passes of 20+ YDs among all NFL QBs with 35. I could go on and on. Kyler Murray is an elite NFL QB and one of the best young QBs in the NFL despite just barely scratching the surface of his prime. Not only is Murray an elite passer but he’s also an elite runner capable of gashing defenses picking up chunks of yardage with feet at any given time w/ elite 4.3 40 speed but what really makes him special is his quickness, agility, short area quickness and ability to stop/cut on a dime breaking ankles left and right which is why it’s so hard to get a hand on him and why he almost never gets hit when he does run. Anyone who is taking an honest look at KM knows he’s one of the best QBs in the NFL.

    At least Baker won a playoff game.

    You can come on here and write a book about your “Pro Bowl” QB. None of your stat citing covers the FACT that he quit on his team while getting blown out by the Rams. The funny part is we’re both very happy the Cards are gonna pay him a mountain of cash- for entirely different reasons.

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