Why the Arizona Cardinals had to give Kyler Murray whatever he wanted – Arizona Cardinals Blog

TEMPE, Ariz. — Kyler Murray finally got the contract he wanted Thursday, and the Arizona Cardinals finally got the quarterback stability they’ve been looking for for decades.

The cardinals had no choice.

Murray’s five-year extension worth $230.5 million with a $160 million guarantee will keep him under contract through the 2028 season. Playing the length of the deal, he will become the second-longest-serving quarterback in franchise history, behind Jim Hart, who played 18 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1966-1983.

That’s one of the main reasons Arizona Murray had to give a deal.

Quarterback stability and longevity has long been an issue for the Cardinals since moving to Arizona in 1988. Carson Palmer and Kurt Warner each played five years for Arizona, and Jake Plummer played six years. Murray can change that narrative, and the Cardinals knew it.

So does Murray.

In theory, the Cardinals had a choice when it came to Murray. They could have waited to see how the two-time Pro Bowler played this season and then found out his contract situation during the 2023 offseason. Or they could have chosen to move on. In reality, waiting was not viable.

One of the biggest stresses in the NFL is looking behind door #2, especially when it comes to quarterbacks. Arizona could have walked away from Murray and drafted a quarterback, signed a freehand veteran, or opted for another option on the roster, but that would have kept the Cardinals in the same cycle of mediocrity.

Murray had all the leverage when it came to his contract. Murray never mentioned a holdout, but coach Kliff Kingsbury feared it was a possibility during June’s minicamp. Murray and his team knew all about Arizona history and what he had already done for the franchise, leading it to year-on-year improvement after it bottomed out in 2018 at 3-13. That season resulted in the Cardinals clinching Murray with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft.

Murray wasn’t perfect in his three years with the Cardinals, but he was as good, if not better, than any quarterback they’ve ever had. He is the only player in NFL history with 70 touchdown passes and 20 rushing touchdowns in his first three seasons. He is the only Cardinals quarterback to throw for 3,500 yards and 20 touchdown passes in three straight seasons.

His 13,266 combined passing and rushing yards is the third-highest in league history during a player’s first three seasons. That total is behind only Andrew Luck and Cam Newton. Add in his two Pro Bowl nods and rookie-of-the-year trophy in 2019, and the Cardinals just paid off one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL.

However, Murray has some concerns. He has suffered injuries over the past two seasons that have impacted not only his game but the course of the Cardinals season. A high ankle sprain last season derailed an MVP-caliber campaign. His overall QBR (65.1), completion percentage (73%) and yards per attempt (8.9) in September and October last season were all ranked in the top 5. For the rest of the year they all fell (47.5, 65 and 6.7). respectively).

Kingsbury has long spoken out about Murray improving his body language on the field, going so far as to show the quarterback videos of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Russell Wilson acting.

Despite the concerns surrounding him, whether it’s a juke, a run or a throw, Murray has excelled at his game. He’s shown he can make the tough passes this season, with a higher-than-expected completion rate of 3.9% — the second highest mark among qualified quarterbacks behind Cincinnati’s Joe Burrow.

Murray’s contract extension raises expectations. Arizona has struggled to finish the last two seasons, ending 2020 by losing five of its last seven and six of its last nine, and ending last season with four of its last five, including an embarrassing blowout in the wildcard round against the Los Angeles Rams .

To prove Murray is worth a contract — one that earns him the second-highest guaranteed money behind Deshaun Watson ($230 million) and the second-highest annual average behind Rodgers ($50.3 million) — Murray needs to do more , than just getting Arizona returns to the postseason in 2022. He has to win a playoff game. At least one. That won’t be easy without his best offensive playmaker, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is suspended for the first six games of the season, let alone defying recent history of stalling in the second half of the season.

Murray made his money and would eventually get it.

Now he has to prove he’s worth it.

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