QB Kyler Murray joins Cardinals for OTAs

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray returned to teammates in Arizona for organized team activities and was on the field in Tempe Wednesday.

Murray expects to stick around as the next phase of the offseason program begins, including the mandatory three-day mini-camp beginning June 14.

The Cardinals took up the fifth year of Murray’s contract last month and guaranteed a salary of $29.7 million in 2023, but Murray is aiming for a long-term deal that’s at the top of the market.

Other third-year quarterbacks, most recently Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), have been rewarded with lucrative long-term deals.

During the offseason between Murray and Arizona, the quarterback once removed all references to the team from his social media, and his agent later released a more than 1,000-word statement saying Murray wanted a new contract.

Murray has never officially asked for a trade, which bodes well for the team as general manager Steve Keim said last month there was “zero chance” of it.

In 2021, Murray rushed for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and last season he also rushed for 423 yards and five points.

Murray made his playoff debut against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild card round and his performance didn’t impress. He completed 19 of 34 passes for just 137 yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss.

In three seasons, Murray has a 22-23-1 record as a starter. He has rushed for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 points in 46 starts.

The Cardinals selected Murray as the No. 1 pick overall in the 2019 NFL Draft from Oklahoma months after he was named the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

–Field level media

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