ARIZONA CARDINALS

Kyler Murray not at Cardinals OTAs, expected at mandatory camp

May 23, 2022, 8:59 AM | Updated: 12:38 pm
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Rams in t...
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks on before the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will not be at the Tempe practice fields this week as his team’s voluntary organized team activities (OTAs) begin Monday, as first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The reporter adds that “all continues to remain quiet” on contract talks between the quarterback and the team.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Murray is expected to be present for mandatory camp June 14-16.

“I think they are fine. I think they are on the same page,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport told Pat McAfee on Monday. “I think they are moving forward together. He’s going to be there, he’s going to be the Cardinals’ quarterback this year. … They just aren’t there yet when it comes to a contract and I think this summer’s probably a better timetable to when it’s going to get done.”

Murray’s absence might not help quell any concerns from fans about his commitment to playing this season after the quarterback’s public back-and-forth regarding his contractual future with the team.

The quarterback laid some groundwork at the end of April to settle down fears he could sit out part of the offseason or even the regular season as the team has yet to extend him beyond his rookie deal.

As suggestions that the Cardinals could trade him percolated — general manager Steve Keim said there was “zero chance” of a trade — Murray got active on his Twitter account, affirming his commitment to play in Arizona.

On April 27, the Cardinals picked up a fifth-year option for the 2019 first overall pick to play for $29.7 million in 2023. But Murray will be on a deal that pays out just $5.5 million this coming season after he was rewarded with a hefty signing bonus before he suited up in the NFL.

Arizona can still sign Murray to a more significant extension despite already picking up the fifth-year option available for all first-round picks.

Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, was aggressive early on this offseason pushing for his client to receive a new deal. In a letter published on social media in February, he put the onus on the Cardinals to extend Murray and said Arizona had been sent a proposed deal.

That proposal has reportedly since been pulled off the table by Murray’s representative.

“Actions speak louder than words in this volatile business,” a highlighted portion of Burkhardt’s letter reads.

“It is now simply up to the Cardinals to decide if they prioritize their rapidly improving 24-year-old, already 2X Pro Bowl QB, who led the organization from 3 wins before his arrival to 11 wins and their first playoff appearance in 5 years,” the letter continued.

Keim and owner Michael Bidwill have maintained Murray is the franchise quarterback, and the former has said extension discussions would come later in this offseason.

The 24-year-old Murray has earned two Pro Bowl nods and in his third NFL season in 2021 threw for 3,787 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Murray also rushed for 423 yards and five touchdowns as Arizona went 11-6 before losing in the NFC Wild Card round.

Life Changer Loans

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Arizona Cardinals

Head coach Kliff Kingbury of the Arizona Cardinals participants in a team training camp at State Fa...
Dan Bickley

Kliff Kingsbury biggest winner of Cardinals’ start to preseason

Dan Bickley writes that Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury is the biggest winner out of the team's preseason win over the Bengals.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Greg Dortch (83) runs in the first quarter against the Arizona Card...
Tyler Drake

Arizona Cardinals’ Greg Dortch determined to prove he belongs in NFL

After a murky start to his NFL career, Cardinals WR Greg Dortch is making the most of his opportunities this offseason.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins looks on during training camp on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022, in Gle...
Tyler Drake

Back in black: Cardinals get 1st glimpse of 4-receiver arsenal, new helmet

After an offseason of waiting, head coach Kliff Kingsbury got to see what he'll be working with offensively starting in Week 7.
1 day ago
Budda Baker #3 and Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals walk off the field following the NFL ga...
Arizona Sports

NFL Top 100: Kyler Murray gets comped, Rams have Budda Baker rule

Cardinals Kyler Murray and Budda Baker joined teammate James Conner in the NFL Network's Top 100 list of players, as ranked by their peers.
1 day ago
Running back James Conner #6 of the Arizona Cardinals rushes the football against Leonard Floyd #54...
Sam Graveline

Cardinals RB James Conner comes in at No. 80 in NFL Top 100

After scoring 18 touchdowns in his first season with the Cardinals, running back James Conner got some recognition from his peers in the NFL.
2 days ago
Kendric Pryor #19 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a catch past Breon Borders #21 of the Arizona Car...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals release DL Kingsley Keke, CB Breon Borders among 5 cuts

The Cardinals cut DL Kingsley Keke, OL Haggai Ndubuisi, OL Greg Long, RB Ronnie Rivers and CB Breon Borders, the team announced. 
2 days ago
Kyler Murray not at Cardinals OTAs, expected at mandatory camp