Inside the Kyler Murray deal

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On Thursday, Kyler Murray of the Cardinals became the latest quarterback to sign a major long-term deal. We’ve gotten a look at the full terms.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, here they are.

1. Signing bonus: $29.035 million.

2. 2022 base salary: $965,000, fully guaranteed.

3. 2023 option bonus: $36 million, fully guaranteed.

4. 2023 workout bonus: $1 million, fully guaranteed.

5. 2023 base salary: $2 million, fully guaranteed.

6. 2024 base salary: $37 million, $35.3 million of which is fully guaranteed at signing.

7. 2024 workout bonus: $1 million.

8. 2024 per-game roster bonus: $850,000.

9. 2025 90-man offseason roster bonus: $11.9 million, guaranteed for injury at signing, fully guaranteed as of 2024.

10. 2025 base salary: $18 million, guaranteed for injury at signing, fully guaranteed as of 2024.

11. 2025 workout bonus: $1.8575 million.

12. 2025 per-game roster bonus: $850,000.

13. 2026 90-man offseason roster bonus: $17 million. (Of the 2026 compensation, $26.8 million is guaranteed for injury at signing. By 2025, $36.8 million will be fully guaranteed.)

14. 2026 base salary: $22.835 million.

15. 2026 workout bonus: $1.8575 million.

16. 2026 per-game roster bonus: $850,000.

17. 2027 90-man offseason roster bonus: $14.185 million.

18. 2027 base salary: $19.5 million, guaranteed as of 2026.

19. 2027 workout bonus: $1.8 million.

20. 2027 per-game roster bonus: $850,000.

21. 2028 90-man offseason roster bonus: $7.7 million.

22. 2028 base salary: $34 million.

23. 2028 workout bonus: $1.8 million.

24. 2028 per-game roster bonus: $850,000.

25. 2028 training camp reporting bonus: $2 million.

The deal includes salary escalators for 2024 through 2028, with up to $1.5 million available per year, based on performance in the prior year. He gets an extra $750,000 for 600 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns, and another $750,000 based on 70 percent playing time in the regular season, 70 percent playing time in the NFC Championship game, and victory in the NFC Championship game. That’s another $7.5 million.

The contract has $160 million guaranteed for injury at signing, and $103.3 million fully guaranteed at signing.

A total of $9.315 million is tied to participation in the offseason program, the most for any player in the league.

Per-game roster bonuses hinge $4.25 million on participation in games, also the most for any quarterback in the league.

The deal has a total value of $265.692 million over seven years. That’s $37.956 million per year, putting him fifth behind Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott, and Patrick Mahomes.

The contract replaces a deal that would have paid him roughly $5 million this year, and he was four years away from unrestricted free agency. He’s now under contract through 2028.

14 responses to “Inside the Kyler Murray deal

  1. “putting him fifth behind Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Dak Prescott, and Patrick Mahomes.”
    Seems fair. I’d choose 4 of them before Kyle. Watson has so much baggage right now, I wouldn’t want him on my team.

  2. When one guy makes that much money there’s no way you can have a championship team. Tom Brady will tell you all about that, I think he makes 25 million this year. Aaron Rodgers backup probably makes more than Brady but Aaron Rodgers back up is ever going to win the super bowl, either will Dak Prescott, the list goes on

  3. I would take Josh Allen over Murray as well. He can at least throw the ball, Murray is ALWAYS looking to run first, and throw when he has to, same goes for Lamar.

  4. butminegoestoeleven you have no clue what you’re talking about. Murray throws it as good as anyone, was statistically the best deep passer in the league last year and led the league in completion percentage. He runs only when needed and prefers to pass. Educate yourself please.

  5. That’s some payoff for being absolutely bang average. Same goes for Kingsbury. They’ll win nothing with that coach and QB combination. Clearly the late season let downs and recent playoff meltdown were just ignored.

  6. Anybody who says that Kyle Murray is a “run first” QB…

    Needs to never post another comment here again.

  7. He’s 5th RIGHT NOW. Herbert, Burrow, Jackson, Lawrence (if he shows out), Wilson, etc will all outpace him. 2-3 years from now his pay will be top 15, not top 5

  8. He’s not 5th in average annual value, because that is determined by new money average, not the average of the extension merged with existing rookie contract money. This deal also goes to show why full guarantees are not necessary – similar to the Mahomes contract, it has rolling future year guarantees on an annual basis, making it very painful to release this deal early. Basically, other than cutting him before the final season, Murray gets a season’s worth of pay as a going away present if he’s cut early. In other words, he is almost certainly going to earn everything set for him through 2027.

  9. butminegoestoeleven says:
    July 22, 2022 at 4:42 pm
    I would take Josh Allen over Murray as well. He can at least throw the ball, Murray is ALWAYS looking to run first, and throw when he has to, same goes for Lamar.

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    Murray is an accurate passer. Lamar….not so much

  10. I’m guessing Lamar Jackson was waiting for the Murray deal to get done before going into any negotiations. Smart move. Lamar can point to his 3 playoff appearances and MVP vs Murray’s one (awful) playoff appearance and use the deal as a starting point.

  11. butminegoestoeleven says:
    July 22, 2022 at 4:42 pm
    I would take Josh Allen over Murray as well. He can at least throw the ball, Murray is ALWAYS looking to run first, and throw when he has to, same goes for Lamar.

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    Do you actually watch any football?

  12. Dont want to bag on the guy. I think you can win with him. I dont think hes elite, but hes good enough to invest in. Prescot, Carr etc. somewhere in that close to #10 range. Depends on what you have around him.

  13. Remember when Mahomes got his contract? All the self-proclaimed experts on here said “Oh the Chiefs are screwed when that contract hits! No money for any other players!” I guess the following teams are also screwed since their QBs have more guaranteed money than Mahomes:
    Packers
    Cardinals
    Browns
    Bills
    Cowboys
    Rams
    Broncos
    Colts
    Commanders

    That’s 25% of the league. Suddenly Mahomes is starting to look like a bargain.

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