How does Kyler Murray’s new contract affect Lamar Jackson’s negotiations?
USA TODAY Sports’ Tyler Dragon breaks down Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s new contract extension and how it affects Lamar Jackson’s negotiations with the Ravens.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – In an impromptu news conference Thursday, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray firmly pushed back against suggestions that he’s not reviewing the film alone. Murray faced increased scrutiny after news broke Monday that his new five-year, $230.5 million contract extension has an add-on requiring him to study a minimum of four hours a week.
According to multiple reports Thursday night, the Cardinals have removed the addendum to Murray’s contract that mandated independent studies during game weeks.
“After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the add from the contract. It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended,” the Cardinals said in a statement obtained by NFL Network and ESPN. “Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it has ever been, and nothing demonstrates our faith in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.”
Earlier on Thursday, Murray expressed his displeasure with suggestions about his film study habits.
“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 seriously is disrespectful,” Murray said. “It’s almost a joke.
“I’m flattered. I’m honestly flattered that you guys think that at my size I can go out and not prepare for the game and not take it seriously. It’s disrespectful. I feel for my peers, for all athletes and great players that’s in this league. This game is too hard. To play the position I play in this league, it’s too hard.”
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Murray then went on to list some of his accomplishments, which include winning a Heisman Trophy, being the No. 1 overall pick, winning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and being a two-time Pro Bowler.
The quarterback said he studies and declared there are different ways to watch film. Murray told the New York Times last year that he’s “not one of those guys who’s going to sit there and kill myself and watch movies.”
On Thursday, he scoffed at the notion that he is not preparing properly.
“I’m not 6-foot-7, 230 (pounds). I don’t throw the football 85 yards. I’m already behind the eight ball. I can’t afford to take any shortcuts,” Murray said. “I refuse to let my work ethic and my preparation be in doubt I have put an incredible amount of time, blood, sweat, tears and work into what I do whether it is football or baseball.
“Like I said, it’s funny. But those of you out there who think I would stand here today in front of you with no work ethic and no preparation, I’m honored that you believe that. But it doesn’t t exists. It’s not possible, so that’s all I have on it.”