Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray made it clear that he wants to stay with the Arizona Cardinals.
Recent developments led to speculation that he wanted out of Arizona.
However, a statement released by Murray through his agent Erik Burkhardt revealed his commitment to the Cardinals.
But the former Oklahoma standout made it clear that he wants a long-term extension to be put in place before he steps onto the field next season.
For Murray’s camp, they’ve felt that he is already a quarterback worth more than the $5.5 million he’s due to earn in his fourth year with Arizona and a fifth-year option.
That said, NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero summarized Murray and Burkhardt’s sentiments with this tweet.
Kyler Murray is due about $5.5 million in 2022 in the fourth year of his rookie contract, and if today’s statement from his agent didn’t make it clear enough: I do not expect him to play for $5.5 million if an extension with the #Cardinals doesn’t materialize. @gmfb @nflnetwork pic.twitter.com/Hk5bHcXah9
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) February 28, 2022
Pelissero said, “Kyler Murray is due about $5.5 million in 2022 in the fourth year of his rookie contract, and if today’s statement from his agent didn’t make it clear enough: I do not expect him to play for $5.5 million if an extension with the Cardinals doesn’t materialize.”
Murray does have a point given that he helped the Cardinals to a postseason berth for the first time in five seasons.
The team constantly improved from a three-win team to playoff contenders during his time in Arizona.
Eligible For An Extension
The current market for NFL quarterbacks may give an idea of what Murray is seeking for his contract extension.
Pelissero pointed out that Murray is now eligible for an extension given that he will be entering his fourth NFL season.
He and Burkhardt are playing their cards to get a deal similar to what Deshaun Watson and Josh Allen got at the same stage of their careers.
Based on the contract those quarterbacks have, it’s possible that Murray won’t play for less than $40 million annually.
The question now is if Arizona is willing to make that financial commitment earlier than they could have wanted.NEXT: NFL World Reacts To The Kyler Murray Statement