Quick Bit: Murray’s extension initially included language that suggested the Cardinals wanted better preparation from their franchise quarterback.
The Cardinals, amid considerable scrutiny from quarterback Kyler Murray and the media, have removed an odd “independent study” clause from their franchise quarterback’s contract.
Arizona and Murray agreed to a massive five-year, $230.5 million extension this week, but the addendum — which mandated Murray perform at least four hours of independent study of Arizona’s opponent in a non-bye week — caused controversy for the team and the quarterback.
So much so, that the team decided to quietly remove the language Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported The Cardinals said in a statement Thursday the addendum created a “distraction” and was not intended to suggest that Murray does not adequately prepare for the team’s opponents.
This was some of the language in the addendum, which is no longer a part of Murray’s contract:
Player (Murray) shall complete at least four hours of Independent Study each week (excluding any bye week) during each Playing Season during the term of the Contract.
‘Independent Study’ means Player (Murray) studies the material provided to him by the Club (Cardinals) in order to prepare for the Club’s next upcoming game, including without limitation any such material provided via an iPad or other electronic device. Time spent in mandatory meetings shall not constitute Independent Study.
That is bizarre language to include in a contract that guarantees $160 million to the face of the franchise. Murray, for what it’s worth, did not speak about the addendum until Thursday, when he met with media in an impromptu news conference to blast the “disrespectful” clause.
“To think that I can accomplish everything 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,” he said.
“To me, I’m honestly flattered that y’all think that at my size (5-10) I can go out there and not prepare for the game and not take it serious,” he said. “It’s disrespectful to my peers, to all the great athletes and players that are in this league. This game’s too hard to play, the position that I play in this league, it’s too hard.”
Per Rapoport, the independent study clause was considered a non-issue by Murray, his representation and the Cardinals, who simply wanted in writing a commitment from Murray to the team.
Indeed, Rapoport reported that Murray already performed four hours’ worth of independent study during game weeks, making the language largely redundant. Murray, for what it’s worth, said in 2021 that he’s “not one of those guys that’s going to sit there and kill myself watching film.”
That raises the question, then: If Murray found the language to be “disrespectful,” then why did he and his representation agree to the language? It also raises a question as to why Murray decided to publicly put his team on blast a day after it reportedly removed the language.
Call it another episode in the ongoing saga between Murray and the Cardinals, who certainly have had one heck of an offseason together.
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