Kyler Murray speaks out over Cardinals contract clause

Murray’s new contract mandates independent study hours, but the quarterback made it clear he doesn’t appreciate the shots on his character because of that clause.

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals and 2019 No. 1 overall champion Kyler Murray agreed to a five-year extension valued at $230.5 million, including $160 million guaranteed by Murray for the next seven seasons in Arizona.

It was soon leaked that Murray’s new deal prescribes four hours of “independent study hours” per week. The clause requires Murray to look at material he receives from the Cardinals outside of the regularly scheduled meetings to help him prepare for games.

The public reaction was generally critical, with many using it as evidence that the Cardinals view their franchise quarterback as immature or leaderless.

The 24-year-old made a surprise appearance at a press conference at the training camp on Thursday to address those criticisms, calling them “disrespectful”.

“To think that I can achieve everything that I’ve achieved in my career and not be a student of the game and not have that passion and not take that seriously is disrespectful,” Murray said. “It’s almost a joke.”

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Murray went on to list his awards and accomplishments as a football player.

“You can’t get those things if you don’t take the game seriously, if you don’t prepare for it right away,” Murray said. “Like I said, it’s ridiculous … I refuse to question my work ethic, my preparation.”

The Cardinals made the playoffs for the first time in the Kingsbury/Murray era last season, losing to the Los Angeles Rams in the wild card round. Murray was the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Murray’s 11,480 passing yards is the fourth-highest by an NFL quarterback in three seasons, behind only Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Jameis Winston. Kyler is also the only player to have 70 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons.

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