Larry Fitzgerald’s dad shoots Kyler Murray amid Cardinals drama
The 2022 offseason has already been eventful for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. The Pro Bowl quarterback scrubbed his Instagram with Cardinals-related content and his agent released a statement with what was essentially a list of demands. Recent events have Larry Fitzgerald Sr.
Fitzgerald, the father of the legendary Cardinals wide receiver, has taken issue with Murray’s behavior lately. He didn’t hold back as he reflected on the off-season drama between the 24-year-old signal caller and the organization that drafted him.
Larry Fitzgerald Sr calls Kyler Murray over being ‘spoiled’
The primary goal of Kyler Murray and his agent Erik Burkhardt appears to be getting the third-year quarterback paid. He’s done some good things in the NFL since the Cardinals drafted him No. 1 overall pick in 2019.
Despite having elite tools and raw talent, not everything has been smooth sailing for Murray, especially in 2021.
As Larry Fitzgerald Sr. recounts, the Bedford, Texas native hasn’t done enough in the league to act like he’s been doing lately. The father of future Hall of Famer Wideout recently shot Murray Twitter.
“He’s spoiled,” Fitzgerald said. “Brings his Oklahoma offense to the NFL team. Must catch up, great talent. He was never humiliated. Continue working.”
Larry Fitzgerald played two seasons (2019 and 2020) with Murray in Arizona. The extent of their relationship to date is unknown. However, his father believes the Cardinals quarterback still has work to do.
Does the Pro Bowl QB deserve a long-term contract with the Cardinals?
Kyler Murray entered the NFL with a lot of hype after enjoying a phenomenal breakout season as a junior in Oklahoma. He threw for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His performance sent his stocks skyrocketing, and the Cardinals picked him #1 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
From the moment Murray entered the league it was clear he had immense potential. He’s made strides in his development over his first three seasons but still has work to do.
The former Sooners standout has thrown for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions in his first three seasons. His dual threat ability adds another dimension to his game as he has accumulated 1,786 rushing yards and an additional 20 points.
Now Murray is preparing for the final year of his rookie contract and is looking for a long-term extension. However, it’s unclear if Arizona is willing to offer him one. According to Spotrac, Murray’s six-year market value is $258 million ($43 million per year).
The two-time Pro Bowler wants similar treatment to other young quarterbacks who have received big contracts, including Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. Unfortunately, he wasn’t nearly as good or consistent as either of the two.
Kyler Murray is an above average quarterback with elite potential. As suggested by Larry Fitzgerald Sr., the Cardinals star needs to keep working. However, based on the market, Murray likely deserves a long-term deal.
Arizona needs to figure out the situation before it gets any worse
The 2022 offseason started off on the wrong foot for the Arizona Cardinals. The awkward end to the 2021 season was bad enough, but Kyler Murray’s drama adds another insult to injury.
Murray and his agent demand a new deal from the Cardinals. However, he wasn’t the first in line. The front office has signed head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim to contract extensions through 2027, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.
Erik Burkhardt also represents Kingsbury so he has to be happy the manager got the extension in their third year. With that settled, he’ll likely expect Murray to get his money next.
It’s unclear if the Cardinals plan to play ball this offseason or sometime during or after the 2022 season. However, it would be wise to fix this sooner rather than later.
Arizona was enjoying a solid 2021 season until another late-season collapse doomed Kingsbury, Murray and co. The young quarterback’s recent behavior may not be helping his cause and could cause the team to question his maturity and leadership abilities.
If the Cardinals think Kyler Murray is their franchise quarterback, they should cut a deal. Arizona can’t afford to leak this mess early in the new season.
AAll stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.
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