Kyler Murray Rumors: 'All Continues to Remain Quiet' on Contract; QB to Skip OTAs

Erin WalshMay 23, 2022

Football: NFL Playoffs:  Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (1) in action, passing vs Los Angeles Rams at SoFi Stadium. Inglewood, CA 1/17/2022 CREDIT: Kohjiro Kinno (Photo by Kohjiro Kinno/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (Set Number: X163910 TK1)
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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will be absent from the team's voluntary OTAs this week as "all continues to remain quiet" on a contract extension for the two-time Pro Bowler, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Murray has two years remaining on his rookie contract. The Cardinals picked up his fifth-year option for the 2023 campaign, which is set to be worth $29.7 million, per Spotrac

Murray's future with the Cardinals has been in question since he got rid of every reference to the franchise on his social media accounts in February. Murray's agent, Erik Burkhardt, then released a statement pushing for Arizona to sign him to an extension.

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In March, Murray restored the Cardinals posts to his Instagram account and told reporters his social media cleanse wasn't specific to the team.  

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported last month that the Cardinals had yet to make Murray an offer. He added that other teams were monitoring the situation in case there was an opportunity to make a trade.

However, Murray has not publicly requested a trade and reiterated his dedication to the Cardinals once again last month, saying on Twitter he wanted to win Super Bowls with the franchise and calling Arizona "home."

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim also said in April there is "zero chance" he will trade Murray this offseason:

"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. 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 him being our long-term and short-term quarterback."

Murray, 24, has had a solid three-year career in Arizona, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and earning back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in 2020 and 2021. The Oklahoma product has also been consistent, throwing for more than 3,700 yards and at least 20 touchdowns in each of his seasons. 

During the 2021 campaign, Murray completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 14 games. He also rushed for 423 yards and five scores. 

Murray is undoubtedly in line for a significant extension. However, it likely won't be in the range of someone like Josh Allen (six years, $258 million) or Patrick Mahomes (10 years, $450 million), who have both led their teams deep in the playoffs.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Murray's contract could be similar to the three-year, $121.5 million extension Derek Carr signed with the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason.