Cardinals GM Keim: ‘Zero chance’ Murray will be traded

Posted: 21/04/2022 in NFL
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Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim is ruling out the possibility of trading quarterback Kyler Murray.

“Zero chance,” Keim said Thursday, according to team reporter Darren Urban.

He added: “I am smart enough to know Kyler Murray makes me a better GM.”

Murray, who’s entering his fourth season in the NFL, has been looking for an extension from Arizona this offseason. However, the two sides don’t appear to be close to agreeing on a deal.

Murray’s agent Erik Burkhardt submitted a long-term contract proposal to Arizona in February. However, Burkhardt reportedly pulled his opening offer off the table. He’s yet to receive an extension proposal from the Cardinals.

“The way we have approached it is: We have free agency, we have the draft, and then we will take a deep breath and sort of refocus,” Keim said. “That’s sort of the reason every other player that has been a third-year quarterback has been (extended) in the middle of the summer or late summer. It’s no different for us.

“Nothing has changed in terms of (Murray) being our long-term and short-term quarterback.”

Murray previously fuelled speculation about his future after stripping his Instagram account of all references to the Cardinals in February. The 2019 first overall pick said in March he’s “not really too worried” about his future with the club.

The 24-year-old stated his commitment to Arizona on social media Thursday, hours after Keim’s interview.

Murray is one of many Cardinals players who haven’t attended the team’s voluntary offseason program this year. Keim hopes to see the signal-caller in the house soon.

“We understand it’s voluntary,” he said, according to team reporter Paul Calvisi. “We do expect him here at some point.”

Murray completed 69.2% of his passes last season while tossing 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions through 14 games. He also scored five touchdowns on the ground, down from 11 in 2020.

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