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Talks between the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray over a possible contract extension are reportedly going “smoothly” ahead of NFL training camp.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington reported Thursday there was a “very reasonable probability” that the sides would reach an agreement on a new deal before the Cards veterans report for camp on July 26.
This update is music to Cardinals fans’ ears after a period of the off-season when it seemed like Murray might be looking to trade.
In February, the two-time Pro Bowler removed references to the organization from his social media accounts, prompting ESPN’s Chris Mortensen to report on the growing tensions between Arizona and its franchise signal caller.
Cardinals sources described Murray as “egocentric, immature and a finger-pointing type,” while the quarterback felt he was “scapegoated” too often when the team didn’t live up to expectations, according to Mortensen.
Five months later, Darlington commented that the drama now “feels long in the back view.”
“I’m a cardinal from Arizona,” Murray told reporters in March. “I have done nothing but give the Cardinals my best and will continue to do so. I’m not really worried about my future as a cardinal.”
Murray was named the 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year after being selected with the first overall pick in that year’s draft, and he’s been prolific over the past two years.
The 24-year-old University of Oklahoma product has thrown 66.9 percent of his shots for 11,480 yards with 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in 46 career games. He added 1,786 rushing yards and 20 points on the ground.
He comes from a 2021 campaign in which he totaled 29 touchdowns (24 passing and five rushing) in 14 appearances. He ranked seventh on ESPN’s Total QBR (57.3) and earned a strong overall score of 84 from Pro Football Focus.
The Cardinals made the playoffs last year for the first time since 2015 with an 11-6 record, but were eliminated in the wild card round by eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
While the contract situation isn’t time-sensitive – Murray is under contract until 2023 after the Cards were given the fifth-year option in his rookie deal – a long-term extension would remove any remaining concerns and provide some financial clarity.
Most importantly, as long as Murray leads offense early in the regular season in September, Arizona is a solid bet on a postseason return in 2022.