If Kyler Murray is planning a holdout from the Arizona Cardinals, committing to the franchise long-term isn’t exactly a way to conduct business. While Murray’s agent seeks a new contract with Arizona, Murray will continue to work toward getting the Cardinals to the next level.
“I’m an Arizona Cardinal,” Murray said as he spoke publicly for the first time since the Cardinals’ playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams, via the Cardinals website. “I’ve done nothing but give my all to the Cardinals and will continue to do that. I’m not really too worried about my future as a Cardinal.”
In the aftermath of the playoff loss, Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, posted a letter he wrote to the Cardinals organization indicating Murray wants to be the Cardinals’ long-term quarterback — but “actions speak louder than words.” Since that letter was published, Deshaun Watson received $230 million guaranteed, Aaron Rodgers $150.665 million and Matthew Stafford $120 million.
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Murray has completed 66.9% of his passes for 11,480 yards and 70 touchdowns to 34 interceptions in three seasons with the Cardinals, while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 touchdowns. Murray and Cam Newton are the only players in NFL history with 10,000 passing yards and 1,500 rushing yards after their first three seasons. He and Newton are also the only players with 10,000 passing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns after their first three seasons.
Murray, Newton and Josh Allen are the only quarterbacks with 20 rushing touchdowns after their first three seasons. His 1,786 rushing yards are the fourth-most by a quarterback after his first three seasons. He’s the only quarterback in league history with 70 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns after his first three seasons.
The Cardinals were a 3-13 team when Murray arrived and the team’s win total has improved every year he’s been with the franchise. Murray is going to get paid at some point — and his commitment to the Cardinals is sincere.
“I am happy where I am at, where my feet are, keeping football the main thing like I always have,” Murray said. “Those are the only people that matter to me, people inside the locker room, inside the building, people that know me and are around me every day.”