Cardinals vet targets Kyler Murray’s work ethic after massive contract extension: Report

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brutal season for Arizona Cardinals After criticizing teammate Kyler Murray’s work ethic, the team said he wasn’t inclined to live up to expectations after signing a massive $230 million contract extension in July.

“It was like they did a monster,” the unnamed veteran told Bally Sports of the aftermath. Murray extended his contract was performed by him.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is pressed by Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns during the second half of an NFL football game on October 2, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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“After being paid,” the veteran said, “Murray felt less pressure than ever to study his game plan or satisfy the franchise QB position, and the Cardinals’ collapse seemed predictable.” the report was read.

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The Cardinals previously included an “independent study” clause in Murray’s original contract, which apparently required him to study game film for at least four hours per game week, but the clause was later removed after a strong reaction.

“After seeing the concern it caused, we have withdrawn the confirmation of the contract,” the organization said in a statement at the time. “It was clearly perceived in a way that was never intended.”

“Our confidence in Kyler Murray is higher than ever, and nothing shows more faith in his ability to lead his team than the commitment shown in this contract.”

Arizona Cardinals #1 Kyler Murray warms up before kickoff against the New England Patriots on December 12, 2022 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
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Murray also defended himself at the press conference on questions about his work ethic. “To think that I can achieve everything I’ve achieved in my career and not be a student of the game and not have that passion and not take it seriously is disrespectful and almost a joke,” he said. he declared.

“Honestly, all of you guys at my size who think I’m not going to go out there and prepare for a game and take it seriously make me proud.”

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) runs off the field after an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, in Glendale, Arizona.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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Murray underwent knee surgery to repair an ACL injury he sustained New England Patriots December 12.

The Cardinals started last season with a 10-2 record, became Super Bowl favorites, but have lost four of the last five regular season games. They lost to the Super Bowl champions in the Wild-Card round.

After going 4-13 this season, the Cardinals announced they fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury and parted ways with general manager Steve Keim, who resigned to focus on his health.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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