Kyler Murray is adamant about getting a new contract before hitting the field for the 2022 season.
The Arizona Cardinals quarterback is not expected to play unless he gets a new deal, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The Cardinals have yet to make a contract offer to Murray.
Pelissero wrote that Arizona “insists” they won’t trade Murray, but also said he doesn’t see the former No. 1 pick playing the 2022 season without a new deal. Given that Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Matthew Stafford, and Derek Carr have all recently signed new deals worth in excess of $40 million per year, Pelissero reports that it would be a “surprise” if Murray plays on the $5.5 million he’s owed next season.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer added that Murray and his camp “have long viewed” the upcoming NFL Draft as a deadline for a new proposal.
“Cardinals QB Kyler Murray and his camp have long viewed the draft as a deadline for a new contract—we talked about this back in March—because if they were going to ask for a trade, they’d wanna do it before then,” Breer said. “Putting the ball in AZ’s court is the next step in that direction.”
The 2022 NFL Draft begins in just two weeks, so something needs to happen or we could have a holdout from Murray on the way.
Murray and the Cardinals got off to a torrid start last season, opening 7-0. Things fell apart soon after and the team went 4-6 and bounced out of the playoffs in a 20-point blowout by the Rams.