Cardinals pick up 5th-year option on Murray’s rookie deal

Posted: 28/04/2022 in NFL
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The Arizona Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option on quarterback Kyler Murray‘s rookie contract, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Murray is now guaranteed a $29.7-million salary for the 2023 season, according to Spotrac.

The move comes as no surprise, though a long-term extension between the two sides doesn’t seem imminent.

Murray began looking for a new deal after his third NFL campaign in 2021. The passer’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, submitted a long-term contract proposal to Arizona in February, but he’s since reportedly pulled his opening offer off the table. Burkhardt apparently hasn’t received an extension proposal from the Cardinals.

Murray also fuelled rumors about his future in Arizona after removing all references to the Cardinals from his Instagram account in February.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim recently said there’s “zero chance” the team will trade Murray despite the stalled contract talks.

The 24-year-old has earned two Pro Bowl berths since Arizona drafted him first overall in 2019. The former Offensive Rookie of the Year helped the Cardinals return to the playoffs for the first time since 2015 after passing for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions through 14 games in 2021.

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