Why did the Cardinals rip up the Kyler Murray homework clause?

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It was supposed to be a great week from the Cardinals. It was anything but that.

They’d signed their franchise quarterback to a deal that ostensibly keeps him around for seven years. They’d introduced an awesome alternate helmet. They’d opened training camp with the same glass-half-full optimism that permeates the league.

Along the way, they stepped on a rake, thanks to the misguided decision to insist that Kyler Murray‘s new contract reduce to writing a requirement to put in four hours of film study per week.

So why did they try to un-step on it?

Here’s a theory, one that may be supported by chatter that has made the rounds in league circles. Murray, as the rumors go, was (and perhaps still is) considering the possibility of firing agent Erik Burkhardt. If that happens, the new agent make no money at all under the deal Burkhardt negotiated. Instead, the new agent would get paid only if/when the current deal is ripped up and replaced with a new one.

The Cardinals surely don’t want Murray to have a new agent. If he gets one, the Cardinals immediately are on the clock to do a new deal — especially if the new agent demands what would essentially be a financial apology from the team.

So it was smart to get rid of it. It would have been smarter to never have it in the first place. Still, every team makes mistakes. Some teams rectify them, and other teams double down. To their credit, the Cardinals didn’t double down.

None of this changes the fact that the entire episode raises questions about Murray that previously didn’t exist. That won’t change, and that could set the stage for an eventual divorce.

66 responses to “Why did the Cardinals rip up the Kyler Murray homework clause?

  1. Normally when you shove a tablet in a child’s face, they shut up. Not so with this particular child. Good luck, Arizona.

  2. If the Cardinals were smart they would have drafted Bosa over Murray, but I digress.

  3. I’m starting to think that Kyler actually did read his contract, leaked the homework clause, had his unscheduled tantrum and ultimately got his way.

  4. How Keim is still employed, I have no idea. He’ll never be a GM anywhere else in the NFL unless the Jets or Dolphins hire him.

  5. Wrong. They definitely doubled down on their stupidity. It was the one out they had on their guaranteed contract with this spoiled brat.

  6. Even though they removed the clause, Kyler’s study habits are now public knowledge so he will have to show improvement or answer if he looks bad, especially late in the season.

  7. I would sue Murray…he SIGNED a contract and in less than 48 hours he’s whining about it. I was under the impression he was a college graduate and can read.

  8. They simply decided to give the baby his bottle. Imagine getting a contract for that much money and then crying about it…

  9. There are now four parties involved in a contract negotiation:

    -GM
    -agent
    -player
    -player’s twitter account

  10. Why? Because he’d whine and wouldn’t do it. And when his career is done he’ll wonder why zero coaching opportunities are offered him.

  11. “If he gets one, the Cardinals immediately are on the clock to do a new deal — especially if the new agent demands what would essentially be a financial apology from the team.”

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    If contracts worked that way every player would have a new agent every single year. Nothing a new agent “demanded” would mean a thing.

  12. If the Cardinals were smart they would have drafted Bosa over Murray, but I digress.
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    100% Agree !!

    Guaranteed Nick Bosa studies for the 5 games he will suit up for evert year.

  13. 1st thought I had was to fire the agent. He still should. You can’t let this happen, it is the whole reason Kyler hires you in the first place.

  14. The question that should be asked is why did Murray sign that contract knowing it had that clause? Every reporter needs to ask him until he gives a real answer.

  15. Because they are a weak organization. If You have to have a “homework clause” You probably shouldn’t be signing the player, especially for huge money.

  16. I Like Turtles says:
    I’m starting to think that Kyler actually did read his contract, leaked the homework clause, had his unscheduled tantrum and ultimately got his way.
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    Aren’t contracts and terms filed and available to media who have access?
    Not that I disagree with the sentiment, sure seemed to work out.

  17. BuckyBadger says:
    July 29, 2022 at 12:25 pm
    1st thought I had was to fire the agent. He still should. You can’t let this happen, it is the whole reason Kyler hires you in the first place.

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    My guess is, no one thought it was a big deal until the media got a hold of it. Im sure Kyler was aware of it when he signed the deal, and that both parties thought it was a simple enough term to meet – it was no big deal. But frankly, he has been paid a substantial amount of money that will more than set him up for life. The clause is only a big deal if Murray isn’t able to perform on the field. If he is sensitive about this, the Cardinals made a huge mistake in locking him up – because there will likely be other criticism thrown his way over the length of this contract.

  18. I assume that Murray claiming that he felt “disrespected” was the catalyst. Once that statement was made, the team may well have felt the need to get out ahead of the inevitable allegations of racism. Regardless, imagine what a Ravens defense in its Ray Lewis, Ed Reed heyday would have done to this arrogant kid and his self-proclaimed instinctive, athletic mastery of the game.

  19. Because no one involved is good enough at what they do. Owners, execs, managers, QB. This team is just wasting everyone’s time.

  20. You would think we were talking about a young Tom Brady here.
    This is Kyle Murray, a good QB but undersized QB who still has a lot to prove on the field. Oh and please don’t compare him to Russell Wilson who is also short compared to most NFL QBs but at least he built like a tank and has skins on the wall unlike Murray.

  21. The Cardinals were idiots for putting this into the contract and Kyler’s team were idiots for agreeing to it in the first place. This makes the franchise look terrible and it makes Kyler look terrible. The only way this goes away is if the Kyler and the team overachieve, making the possibility that their “franchise QB” isn’t studying enough film a non-story.

  22. Kyler needs to remove the word “I” from his vocabulary. As for the GM, I hear NE has an opening for a good talent evaluator. Offensive coordinator also.

  23. Murray’s poor pocket skills wasn’t unknown to DCs across the NFL. His own words declared his lack of interest in studying and improving them. The problem wasn’t unknown but mere not acknowledged.

  24. Also, the clause has essentially served its purpose. Now the whole world knows about it and the pressure will be strong on Kyler to produce. And the pressure doesn’t even have to come from the Cardinals directly (though they surely will exert some). People are going to be watching even more closely than they already would have, picking apart his game film like the Zapruder film. He better be throwing some Magic Loogies out there.

  25. “The Cardinals surely don’t want Murray to have a new agent. If he gets one, the Cardinals immediately are on the clock to do a new deal — especially if the new agent demands what would essentially be a financial apology from the team.” …and that’s when you quietly look around for the best trade you can get, and cut your losses. No player who signs a big deal is worthy of ANOTHER big deal just because he fired his agent. It’s not about disrespect. It’s about ignoring distractions, doing the work, doing the work again, and do some more work to become great. But, yeah, definitely the Cardinals put the clause in the contract because they have concerns. Murray should own up to it, pledge to do better, and not whine. Leaders don’t whine.

  26. Murray didn’t prove he deserved a new contract before 2023. Too many red flags related to character issues, and the sudden collapse in the last third of 2021 season. On another note, I would say, that Murray has been praised ad nauseam for superior athletic qualities. But in his case, those qualities only compensate for the fact he is way too short.
    Murray doesn’t see the middle of the field when he is in the pocket, and will never be able to do so. Athletism and QB athletism are two different things.

  27. Now that all this contract fiasco has concluded, we are left with one reality: Arizona and Murray, meet microscope!

    What used to be a bumbling franchise of slight consequence and of little interest to anyone outside of Arizona, is now a fan favorite to be studied every week in pursuit of every little failure on the part of Kyler Murray.

    And we already know that Murray doesn’t handle that kind of attention well, as evidenced by how he walked out on his teammates and left them to fend for themselves in the wake of his humiliating failure with more than a minute left in the game versus the Rams.

  28. Truly embarrassing for all involved in this. The Cards have caved in on everything for this little baby. Good Luck with that AZ how is he ever going to take coaching advise or anything? if you give kids whatever they want they will ALWAYS cry until you give in.

  29. I don’t know much, but I do know that it’s never a good thing when the player you just signed to a mega deal and the organization seem to hate each other so much. Can’t end well.

  30. The smart thing would to not be in The position where you have a quarterback that you give a huge contract to and you think needs that clause.

  31. Trying to understand the “logic” of this post. Uh, no, the Cardinals wouldn’t in any way shape or form be on the hook for a new deal if Murray gets a new agent. The deal is signed. Period. Whether or not Murray switches agents has nothing to do with anything regarding his current contract. They ripped up the clause because the QB who doesn’t like to do his homework failed to do his homework on his own contract and obviously threw a fit about it afterwards. Here’s a thought: instead of laying all the blame on Kingsbury for the Cardinals’ routine late season collapses and inability to adjust, maybe the QB who doesn’t study and learn new wrinkles in the playbook as the season progresses has a little something to do with it.

  32. Kyler has done everything wrong in this situation and is constantly being rewarded. This is setting a bad example for future contract seekers. But hey, great for the media!

  33. I do not understand any football player who must be forced to watch game film. They want him to put in four hours of film study per week. 4 HOURS per WEEK. If you are a franchise quarterback making millions of dollars, you should live, eat, and breathe the sport. Show up early, go home late. And this guy can’t be trusted to watch the game tape for about as long as it takes to watch Kill Bill volume 1 and 2. Four hours per week is a miniscule amount of time to invest in preparing for your opponent.

  34. If the Cards felt they needed this clause, it must be because Murray failed to do his homework time and time again–that’s sure what it looked like in plenty of games. While I question offering Murray a big contract, I’m sure not going to question putting in a clause meant to get something critical done that wasn’t getting done before.

    So Murray signed the deal, the media notices the clause, and all of a sudden Murray feels “disrespected.” That’s a term only used by fragile egomaniacs and catering to them means more of the same. So I’m definitely going to say the Cards made a mistake ripping up the clause.

    And it’s all for nothing, anyway, because every time Murray makes a mistake in a game or the Cards lose, you know the media members are going to quiz him on his preparation. Murray should have made light of the whole thing from the beginning, but guys like him are totally lacking in humor and the ability to dispassionately assess situations.

  35. burchmt1 says:
    July 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    Why? because of the fragile ego of Kyler…Duh
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    Is he really that different from any other pro athlete in that regard? Hyper-competitiveness and gigantic egos seem to go hand-in-hand. Look how many profess to have something to prove for not being picked first overall in the draft, or have chips on their shoulders against teams that “disrespected” them by letting them walk to another team that is paying then four times what they made before.

  36. This deal isn’t going to end well for either side IMO.
    I can see where ego’s and attitudes are going to clash with common sense coaching and game planning somewhere along the way.
    If they don’t get off to a decent start,…. I fear for coach Kingsbury’s job.

  37. I wouldn’t be surprised if the coaching staff gave him a bunch of empty DVDs or fake plays loaded on his tablet to test him.

  38. Honestly maybe Murray didn’t know it was in there and once it came out this was damage control on the teams side. He may be a professional athlete but that doesn’t mean he’s business savvy or has the brains to read through a contract. I’m guessing he saw the huge number and signed regardless. Doesn’t help that the national media took this and ran with it. But this is just another example of how inflated Murray’s ego is. He’s also extremely sensitive. He may be talented but this isn’t the starting QB I’d want on my team.

  39. dvdman123 says:
    July 29, 2022 at 12:41 pm
    You would think we were talking about a young Tom Brady here.
    This is Kyle Murray, a good QB but undersized QB who still has a lot to prove on the field. Oh and please don’t compare him to Russell Wilson who is also short compared to most NFL QBs but at least he built like a tank and has skins on the wall unlike Murray.

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    I guarantee Wilson watches film and does anything he can to win-it’s why he’s won playoff games and Murray folds when the heat is turned up.

  40. @nyfootballgiants, one of the jobs of your agent is to help you keep up appearances. The agent has to have the foresight to see the media will run with this, any unique clause in a contract gets scrutinized. This clause hurts Murray earning power off the field. If he thought it was no big deal then he should fired because he doesn’t have the foresight on what will cause his client problems.

  41. This was such a lose/lose situation for everyone I can’t fathom how it happened. Nothing good could come from this. The agent shouldn’t have let it happen and the team shouldn’t have asked for it. Nobody looks good here and it will linger every time Murray has a bad game for years. Incompetence by all involved.

  42. gomerpimpson says:
    July 29, 2022 at 1:41 pm
    Here’s a thought: instead of laying all the blame on Kingsbury for the Cardinals’ routine late season collapses and inability to adjust, maybe the QB who doesn’t study and learn new wrinkles in the playbook as the season progresses has a little something to do with it.
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    Kingsbury and his seasonal college collapses;

    2013: started 7-0 and then went 1-5

    2014: started 2-0 and then went 2-8

    2015: started 3-0 and then went 4-6

    2016: started 3-1 and then went 2-6

    2017: started 4-1 and then went 2-6

    2018: started 5-2 and then went 0-5

  43. So a new agent would demand more while the ink is still wet?
    What if the team says no, then what?
    Is Murray going to cray with a 250MM contract without having played a game? Especially after he knew that was in the contract. Yes, he did know.

  44. Imagine having your team feel it’s necessary to add a clause requiring you to study film. This suggests he wasn’t doing it much before. That partially explains the collapse in the second half of the season last year.

  45. Whole lotta drama for an average-at-best QB. They’ll be looking to his replacement before this contract is up.

  46. Cardinals first three opponents are the Chiefs, Raiders and Rams. Better start doing your homework Kyler lol. Call of Duty can wait.

  47. “Our helmet but black” = awesome. By that logic one third of the league is crushing it. Um, way to go

  48. Isn’t it hypocritical to bitch about player salaries and be a free market capitalist?

  49. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    July 29, 2022 at 12:19 pm
    I would sue Murray…he SIGNED a contract and in less than 48 hours he’s whining about it. I was under the impression he was a college graduate and can read.
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    No. He went to Oklahoma.

  50. Heard some cuts from Murray’s impromptu press conference today. He made it sound like the press wrote his contract. I doubt you’ll find any press member’s signature on the contract. Own up, you petulant brat! You had to sign it, so don’t blame anyone else. And I hope you didn’t tear your rotator cuff when you started patting yourself on the back while sounding off all your “accolades”!! Cards are trying to displace the two teams in Texas as the most dysfunctional in the league.

  51. The Cardinals behave like a corporation and make dumb decisions like keeping this loser Kyler Murray. I hope they enjoy going 5-12 the next few seasons while in salary cap hell bc of him.

  52. He’s gotten THIS far without doing much homework, mostly be running around until someone breaks open, else heaving long fly patterns. He’s probably thinking he’s doing just fine. Cam Newton thought the same

  53. I don’t see why this is a huge deal. He admitted he doesn’t watch film. The cardinals chose to give him a massive contract. They know he doesn’t put in the extra work to be a top tier qb. Just look at his 2nd half of the season stats when defenses actually watch film.

  54. Why did the Cardinals sign a guy to that large of a contract in the first place, if they know he’s a slacker?

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