Kliff Kingsbury on Kyler Murray’s absence from Monday’s workout: It’s voluntary

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Now you see him, now you don’t.

A week after showing up for voluntary organized team activities for the first time this offseason, Kyler Murray was absent Monday. It did not come as a surprise to Kliff Kingsbury, who said last week it was a day-to-day situation with Murray.

Murray and Kingsbury have had “great communication,” the coach said Monday.

It’s voluntary,” Kingsbury said of Murray’s absence, via Howard Balzer of allcardinals.com. “Guys train in different ways, so we knew that coming into the week.”

The Cardinals have two more practices this week before they close out the offseason program with a mandatory minicamp next week.

Murray has made it known he is seeking a long-term deal from the team. He is scheduled to make a base salary of $965,000 in 2022, but given a $4.5 million roster bonus that became fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year, he will make $5.4 million. That makes him the 18th highest-paid quarterback in the league, per overthecap.com.

General Manager Steve Keim has said he expects Murray to have a new deal sometime this summer.

Murray’s teammates are unconcerned with his absence.

“He’s here when we need him to be here,” offensive tackle D.J. Humphries said.

Receivers Marquise Brown and A.J. Green, tight end Zach Ertz, linebacker Markus Golden, center Rodney Hudson and cornerback Byron Murphy Jr. also did not participate in Monday’s work, according to Balzer.

17 responses to “Kliff Kingsbury on Kyler Murray’s absence from Monday’s workout: It’s voluntary

  1. Hasn’t won so much as a single playoff game, hasn’t shown up for work, presumably hopes to be the highest-paid QB in history.

    It’s the loser teams who pay for hopes of production, as opposed to having delivered the goods.

  2. “He’s here when we need him to be here,” -D.J. Humphries. Tell me how he showed up to that playoff game.

  3. This isn’t an Aaron Rodgers situation. Rodgers is established and this guy is well… not. Especially considering his little off-season drama regarding his contract.

  4. I get the “voluntary” part of these OTAs. I also get that most of the rest of the team were willing and able to prioritize being there. Maybe last season’s flame out is good enough for Kyler.

  5. Strange to me that someone that wants a new contract and has the most important position on the team decides to not show up even if it’s not mandatory. Some fine example being set there huh.
    Murray is a mid level talent QB and always will be. Should be paid accordingly and not a penny more.

  6. Hopkins suspended, Murray holding out. Cards are going down the tube. This franchise has never been good.

  7. The constant with Murray is his extreme lack of maturity or anything close to resembling an adult, he seems to be at the level of a 4 year old. He hasn’t shown that he can actually be a NFL QB that leads the team, he seems more to throw fits then throw everybody else under the bus (including the coach) by his actions that they messed up and caused to miss the pass or make a stupid mistake by throwing the ball up for grabs. As of yet, he is not worth a new contract.

    Spit balling, maybe go after Baker and let the two compete to see if either is worth anything.

  8. Young professionals who bow to doing things voluntarily to avoid work deserve what they get later in their life. I can assure you that I volunteered to come in extra time and that was noticed when promotions came up. Those who did as they were “obligated” did not receive the extra notation – I advanced and they did not. I hope Kayla understands the thin ice he now walks. He is right not to do anything above what he is obligated. The team is also in their right to note that and to find someone with a better work ethic.

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