Marquise “Hollywood” Brown has known for more than a week that a trade to the Cardinals was a possibility. He didn’t tell anyone, not even Kyler Murray.
Brown and Murray, teammates at Oklahoma, worked out together in the Dallas area last week. The Ravens already were deep into trade talks for Brown, who knew there was a good possibility he was headed to Arizona.
“I don’t know, Kyler,” Brown lied to Murray. “I’m trying to find out.”
Brown didn’t even tell Murray after he knew for certain Arizona was the destination.
“I could have [told him], but I kind of wanted it to be a surprise for him as well,” Brown said during his introductory news conference in Arizona on Friday, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN. “He knew it possibly could happen, but he didn’t know it actually did happen.”
“I always wanted it to be here,” Brown said. “Me and Kyler talked about it back in January, February, and for it to actually happen, it’s pretty crazy.”
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury recruited Brown when Kingsbury was the head coach at Texas Tech, but Brown chose OU. Brown said the offense is “pretty similar” to the one he and Murray played in during their time together in Norman.
“I was blessed for the opportunity for it all come back full circle,” he said. “It’s pretty good.”