Cardinals tear up ‘homework’ clause in Kyler Murray’s contract after QB says it’s ‘disrespectful’ and ‘a joke’

Cardinals tear up ‘homework’ clause in Kyler Murray’s contract after QB says it’s ‘disrespectful’ and ‘a joke’

The Arizona Cardinals decided enough was enough with the controversial homework clause in Kyler Murray’s contract and tore up the clause this week. Per the NFL Networkthe clause was eliminated a day ago, hours before Murray ranted about the clause at his surprise press conference on Thursday.

Arizona released a statement following the decision.

“After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the referendum from the contract. It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it has ever been, and nothing shows our faith in his ability to to lead this team beyond the obligation reflected in this contract.”

The Cardinals committed to Murray by signing the quarterback to a $230.5 million extension before training camp. The franchise raised eyebrows when reports revealed the deal included an outstanding addition mandates Murray complete four hours of independent game study per week, suggesting the Pro Bowler would not have been able to do so otherwise.

Murray was muted in the aftermath, calling an impromptu news conference Thursday to criticize the ensuing discussion about his work ethic.

“I feel it’s necessary (to speak), with what’s going on about me, and the things that have been said about me,” Murray told reporters. “To think that I can achieve everything that I’ve achieved in my career and not be a student of the game and not have passion and not take this seriously is almost disrespectful and it’s almost a joke.”

“I’m flattered, I’m honestly flattered that at my size (you think) I can go out and not prepare for the game and not take it seriously,” he continued. “It’s disrespectful to my peers, to all the great athletes and great players that are in this league. This game is too hard, playing the position I play in this league, it’s too hard (not to study). . .. It’s funny, but to those of you out there who think that I would stand here today, in front of you, with no work ethic and no preparation, I’m honored that you believe that, but I don’t doesn’t exist. It’s not possible.”

Murray added that he has “put in an unfathomable amount of time, and blood, sweat and tears” to be the Cardinals’ QB. However, he declined to say whether he is upset that Arizona would include the study clause in his contract, which he signed.

Nor did he refer to an earlier New York Times report that quoted him downplaying the necessity of film study in the NFL: “I’m not one of those guys who’s going to sit there and kill myself watching film,” Murray said in December last year. “I don’t sit there for 24 hours and break down this team and that team and watch every game because I see so much in my head.”

This is just the latest in a long line of drama related to Murray’s position with the Cardinals this offseason. The QB’s new contract ties him to Arizona through 2028 and makes him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. But it was not concluded until after public and private tension between the two sides. ESPN reported after the 2021 season that Cardinals management was concerned about Murray’s leadership, and the QB subsequently deleted all Cardinals references from his social media, before his agent, Erik Burkhardt, essentially demanded a new contract for his client.

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