The Kyler Murray homework clause doesn’t violate the CBA

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The unprecedented homework clause in the Kyler Murray contract raises plenty of questions.

Here’s one: Does the Collective Bargaining Agreement even allow it?

The fact that the league office approved the contract means only that the NFL has no problem with allowing teams to potentially void guarantees based on whether a player spends a specified amount of non-work time working. The question is whether the NFL Players Association would object.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the NFLPA does not believe the homework clause violates the CBA. Per the source, it’s a condition on his guaranteed money. No provision of the CBA prevents such terms.

Although guarantees are often conditioned on a wide variety of player conduct, this is the first time the NFLPA has seen a guarantee tied to in-season study time.

The fact that the clause applies only to football season likely wasn’t a mistake, since the only limits to work time in the CBA apply during the offseason.

17 responses to “The Kyler Murray homework clause doesn’t violate the CBA

  1. He will put in just the bare minimum to be ok.
    While QBs like Brady, Manning, Phil Rivers put in a lot of time

  2. Murray’s lack of work ethic is why Arizona will regret the contract after the 2022 season.

  3. This is bad. If you have to force your starting QB to study, you’re in trouble. Murray sounds like the next version of RGIII.

  4. Film study and a passion for that preparation may be a weakness in his game. Good GMs and coaches will find some way to help him through this. It was reported that Cunningham had the same issue in Philly but Kotite hated him and undermined him instead of trying to mentor him and make him a better player. We can only wonder how great a 3x runner up MVP would have been with some competent coaching.

  5. I bet Stephen Curry puts in 10x the work prior to the game than the game time he plays. He practices constantly the same shot and then changes a mere foot away and shoots more reps. Real professional athletes leave nothing to chance. And judging by the work product that Kayla has shown us, he doesn’t give winning more than a passing thought past the mirror.

  6. Is there also a clause to force him to eat is broccoli and clean-up his room?

  7. Michael Vick has said he never studied game film and still made 3 Pro Bowls in his first 6 years. On the other hand, Josh Rosen spent days buried in game films, yet did not make him great.

    Everyone has their own way of achieving results. This whole Murray narrative is just junk.

  8. The fact the Cards even felt the need to put that clause in, blows my mind! Not good optics for young Murray. He’s coming across as lazy and self indulgent. He also wants to stick to the homework and make sure the coaches don’t pull the same trick on him as they did on JaMarcus Russell!!

  9. “Michael Vick has said he never studied game film and still made 3 Pro Bowls”

    Imagine how good he might have been if he actually studied. The best QBs in NFL history were all students of the game.

  10. akira0724 says:
    Michael Vick has said he never studied game film and still made 3 Pro Bowls in his first 6 years. . . . Everyone has their own way of achieving results.

    So the great Michael Vick won the popularity contest that is Pro Bowl voting three whole times? If that isn’t indisputable proof of his greatness I don’t know what is (dripping sarcasm).
    When Kyler Murray wins his first playoff game — or perhaps loses a close one without turning in one of the most embarrassing postseason performances of all time — THEN you say make a case that he’s finally “achieved” some kind of “results.”
    Until then, Murray is just another in a long line of me-first players who puts up individual numbers in his own unorthodox fashion, padding his personal stats while achieving nothing of value for his team.

  11. When you have to legislate the tasks to be successful in your job in the contract, probably a cause for concern. This is how they look to fill the role as a team leader?

  12. When you meet to put in this type of language in a contract for a franchise QB…you know you have a problem on your hand.

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