Kingsbury ‘praying’ for Murray extension before training camp

Posted: 15/06/2022 in NFL
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury would like nothing more than to have a new deal in place for his quarterback Kyler Murray.

“I’m praying before training camp,” Kingsbury said Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss.

Kingsbury added, “Personally, I’m being selfish here, I would love for him to be there the first day of training camp.”

Murray, who turns 25 in August, rejoined the team’s voluntary OTA sessions after letting the Cardinals know that he would like a new deal in line with those of the league’s top-tier passers.

The 2019 No. 1 pick was in attendance Tuesday for the first day of the team’s mandatory minicamp.

It’s been reported that Murray won’t show up for training camp without a new agreement.

He’s expected to earn $5.5 million next season and $29.7 million in the final year of his rookie contract in 2023.

Kingsbury said he expects Murray’s new deal to set a Cardinals record and emphasized the passer’s value to the club by calling him the “leader of this franchise.”

Arizona general manager Steve Keim previously said the organization would like to work out an extension by this summer.

Murray led the Cardinals to a 9-5 record as a starter last season, throwing 24 touchdowns to 10 interceptions and adding 423 rushing yards for five scores.

Although Murray was on the field Tuesday, center Rodney Hudson missed the practice with an unexcused absence.

“We’re working through something with him,” Kingsbury said. “As soon as we know, we’ll have that update.”

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