Deshaun Watson’s deal is much better than Kyler Murray’s

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Eventually, we’ll get the full and complete details of the contract given by the Cardinals on Thursday to quarterback Kyler Murray. Even without the full breakdown, enough has emerged to say this, without equivocation or hesitation.

Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson got a much better deal than Murray.

Via Albert Breer of SI.com, Murray will receive $265.69 million over the next seven years. Although his five-year extension carries an annual value of $100,000 more than the average of Watson’s five-year deal, Watson’s contract begins now. It wasn’t an extension; it was a new, five-year contract.

Thus, while Murray has a new-money average of $46.1 million, he’ll make $37.95 million per year over the next seven. And he’s under contract for seven years, not five. This delays his timeline for getting another new contract.

Also, the full $230 million paid to Watson is fully guaranteed at signing. Per Breer, Murray’s full guarantee at signing is only $105 million.

In fairness to Murray, Watson had more leverage. He had four teams at the table, and when he said “no thanks” to the Browns, the Browns realized that they had to up the ante in order to avoid having to mend fences with Baker Mayfield. So the Browns went all in, offering a five-year, fully-guaranteed $230 million deal.

Murray didn’t have anything close to that. He was under contract for two more years, with the franchise-tag dance thereafter. The Cardinals had shown no willingness to trade him. While there may have been a Watson-style competition for Murray if he’d been available in trade, he wasn’t. Arizona held the cards. Murray got the best deal he could, given his circumstances.

Still, Watson’s deal is far better. Primarily because he managed to land in much better circumstances. Even with all those allegations of misconduct made against him.

47 responses to “Deshaun Watson’s deal is much better than Kyler Murray’s

  1. Comparisons of Murray & Watson are apt in that they are both grossly overpaid for what they have accomplished so far.
    Neither has sniffed a conference championship or a Super Bowl.
    Murray’s contract may not be as good as Watson’s, but considering that he hasn’t even won a playoff game yet, he’s done quite well for himself.

  2. The Browns gave out arguably the worst contract in NFL history… and nobody is surprised. That should not be used to grade the deals other players get from competent teams.

  3. Neither one Has a winning record, Kyler Murray has a passer rating of 40.9 with 137 yards and 2 interceptions in 1 game in the playoffs in his career. And Deshaun Watson has a passer rating of 91.0 with 870 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception in 3 games in the playoffs in his career. Deshaun clearly better but only 3 post season games. Think we are jumping the gun on paying him?

  4. Regardless of Murray’s deal Russell Wilson is going to flat out break the bank next year. I (almost) feel bad for Denver fans. As good of a QB as he is (and he IS elite) he’s going to drag the team talent around him by the time his new contract runs out. 4 years max.

    The NFL needs to establish a “1 player per team” exemption to the cap. Every team can assign one players contract as the exemption…AT THE TIME OF SIGNING…and it cannot be swapped to another player until that contract runs out, is re-written, or is re-written as part of a trade. This one simple change would allow all teams to keep their elite QB (or other single star) and still allow the team to place competitive talent around them.

  5. Browns owners browned up so bad with the Deshaun fully guaranteed deal. Every QBs deal that is signed in the next two years will be compared to Deshauns.

  6. Both players made out like thieves in the night, I’m wiiling to bet both clubs wind up regretting these deals.

  7. Except for off field activity, Watson is much better than Mayfield, so his contract reflects it.

  8. 2 things. He has to play. He has to out perform Murray. Not a fan of Kyler. But he is definitely set up better etc…

  9. There is no way the average fan can have any empathy over the fact that Murray ONLY got $105 million guaranteed!

  10. Neither one has put up the record or the numbers to show they deserved that kind of deal. That’s the way it is in the NFL. If they pan out the way say Cousins has (2playoff games in 4 yrs) but very nice stats then the price will look cheap. In the same time frame more mediocrity will be rewarded. Neither is a top ten Qb.

  11. The reason Watson landed in better circumstances is because he had a lot more leverage. His deal was up and the Texans were willing to trade him. In AZ the Cardinals were NOT willing to trade him and they held all the Cardinals with Murray under contract for two more years, then they could of franchised twice if they wanted to.
    Had Murray of been on the open market like Watson was then Murray could of landed the same deal Watson got. Considering the circumstances Murray actually got a great deal for both Murray himself and for the Cardinals with AZ controlling him for the next 7 years. Even though K1 is the 2nd highest paid QB in football his deal is going to look like an absolute steal here in short order with the Quarterback market set to explode along with teams salary caps thanks to all the new TV deals and licensing ($$&&) the NFL has received. This is a great deal both for AZ n Murray .

  12. Plus, the Cardinals didn’t have to give up three 1st round picks, one 3rd, and two 4ths.

  13. Also he didn’t have an owner who demanded the front office “get the deal done at all costs” out of spite for another QB.

  14. Now I don’t feel so bad as a Cowboy fan. I thought Dak’s deal was terrible.

  15. Murray will receive $265.69 million over the next seven years.

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    Yeah, and by year 4 he will be threatening to hold out due to being underpaid

  16. Dumb and Dumber never more appropriate. No one in the league will makes as big a mistake as Cleveland made, so we can probably stop the charade of the “comparison.” And the guy won’t even be able to throw to the $14 mil TE who goes for 600 yards a year.
    Some people whine and then get what they want in life. They often don’t really mature into useful adults, but we’ll see how this plays out. Same problem every other team has that doles out so much to one player, how do you field a good TEAM giving 15-20% of cap to one guy?

  17. Shaking my head in disbelief that the Cardinals signed Murray to make almost $40 mill a year. Franchise QB?? I think not.

  18. I really don’t get it. Plenty of good QBs in the draft. The Cards are nowhere near a Super Bowl. Murray folded like a lawn chair in the playoffs. I would have traded him for whatever picks they could have gotten for him. Prob a couple of firsts from somebody.

  19. It was the right move for both parties. I don’t like Murray’s unprofessional attitude towards getting a new deal, it made him look selfish and immature, not what you want in a leader. But he is talented and hopefully he grows into a leader, he had to with the money they’re paying him. The Watson deal and the Browns organization is a joke and I’m glad that the Cardinals and Murray didn’t take that deal to heart.

  20. The surprising thing is that teams AND player agents have both seemingly accepted that Watson’s deal is an outlier and not the norm. That should tell you how bad Watson’s deal is for the Browns when other player’s agents aren’t even getting close to it.

  21. byaaah says:
    July 21, 2022 at 10:47 pm
    But where does Lamar Jackson fit into all of this??
    ——————–
    That’s a great question. Of the three (LJ, Murray, Watson), which has:

    Been an unanimous MVP
    Lead the league in TD passes
    Rushed for over 1,000 yards twice
    Has a career .700 winning percentage as a starter

    The answer to your question is pretty scary if you are Eric DeCosta

  22. texinutah says:
    July 22, 2022 at 12:54 am
    Neither one has put up the record or the numbers to show they deserved that kind of deal. That’s the way it is in the NFL. If they pan out the way say Cousins has (2playoff games in 4 yrs) but very nice stats then the price will look cheap. In the same time frame more mediocrity will be rewarded. Neither is a top ten Qb.
    ____________________________________________

    Cousins panned out? You can stop right there, Mr. Matt Flynn 2.0. I really don’t know what you guys see when you watch football. First of all, QBs do not win these games all by themselves as much as Tom Brady lovers would have you believe that. Watson was on horrible Houston teams and Murray has made 2 pro bowls with a record completion percentage for the first 3 years. Cousins will find a way to lose a game in a heartbeat while having one the best running games in the league.

  23. Browns have to pay a premium to compensate for the dysfunction of the organization. Basically, Watson signed a league minimum contract, with all the extra cash being compensation for being a Brown. (And that’s no disrespect to the fans or city. That’s on ownership.)

  24. How do these teams justify paying this kind of money to guys who have never won anything? It just doesn’t make sense.

  25. The Browns took a chance and had the money to pay him while remaining well under the cap. Sometimes you have to swing for the fences.

  26. Misunderstanding; the way Cousins panned out is not complimentary, next words 2 playoffs in 4 years is a failure for what was big money at the time. Complete opposite of my point. He didn’t pan out well
    ———————————/
    Cousins panned out? You can stop right there, Mr. Matt Flynn 2.0. I really don’t know what you guys see when you watch football. First of all, QBs do not win these games all by themselves as much as Tom Brady lovers would have you believe that. Watson was on horrible Houston teams and Murray has made 2 pro bowls with a record completion percentage for the first 3 years. Cousins will find a way to lose a game in a heartbeat while having one the best running games in the league.

  27. inozwetrust says:
    July 22, 2022 at 10:52 am
    byaaah says:
    July 21, 2022 at 10:47 pm
    But where does Lamar Jackson fit into all of this??
    ——————–
    That’s a great question. Of the three (LJ, Murray, Watson), which has:

    Been an unanimous MVP
    Lead the league in TD passes
    Rushed for over 1,000 yards twice
    Has a career .700 winning percentage as a starter
    ————
    *Pooped during a game

  28. You know what’s going to happen right? In a year or 2 from now when the qb market adjusts kyler murray is going to refuse to play and cry like a little baby boo hoo 100 mil guarenteed isn’t enough anymore..look at me I threw for 4000 yards in a 17 game season I’m a hall of famer but my knee was a little sore so I decided to sit out the last game that decided a wildcard birth or not. There I predicted the future for u guys

  29. I’ll bet every team that has an elite QB coming up for a new contract wants to see the Browns put Jimmy Haslam in at DT for just one play next year so their QB can fumble the ball at let Haslam taste the bottom of a fumble pile.

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