Cardinals remove ‘independent study’ clause from Murray’s contract

Posted: 29/07/2022 in NFL
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The Arizona Cardinals removed the “independent study” clause from quarterback Kyler Murray‘s contract extension, the franchise announced Thursday.

“After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract,” the Cardinals said in a statement obtained by ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “It was clearly perceived in ways that we never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.”

“Independent study” is defined as material given to Murray by the team in order to prepare for the upcoming game.

Murray, who turns 25 in August, signed a five-year, $230.5-million extension with the Cardinals last week. The homework clause would have required the star passer to complete at least four hours of independent study during each week of the season.

The two-time Pro Bowler made an unscheduled media appearance on Thursday to defend himself from criticism about his work ethic in light of the stipulation.

“To think that I can accomplish everything that I’ve accomplished in my career and not be a student of the game and not have that passion and not take this serious is disrespectful, and it’s almost a joke,” Murray said.

“I’m flattered that you all think that at my size I can go out there and not prepare for the game and not take it serious. It’s disrespectful to my peers and all the great athletes and great players that are in this league. This game’s too hard. To play the position that I play in this league is too hard.”

Team owner Michael Bidwill was believed to be the driving force behind including the clause in Murray’s contract. Arizona reportedly wanted to ensure that Murray would continue to work hard and perform at a level that is necessary following the contract.

Murray has tallied 3,700-plus passing yards since Arizona selected him with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. A true dual-threat under center, Murray has also rushed for 1,786 rushing yards and 20 scores over three seasons. The 2019 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year led the Cardinals to their first postseason berth since 2015 last year, throwing for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns with a 69.2% completion rate.

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