ARIZONA CARDINALS

How Kyler Murray’s study clause in Cardinals contract became public

Jul 28, 2022, 5:32 PM
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to make a pass play against the Detroit Lions in the...
Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals looks to make a pass play against the Detroit Lions in the fourth quarter at Ford Field on December 19, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)
(Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport unearthed something in the depths of a new contract for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray on Monday, something that is going to follow Murray and the organization for the rest of his career.

While joining Around The NFL on Thursday, Rapoport talked through how he exactly came across an independent study clause, one that requires Murray to go over four hours of game prep a week or he does not get his full guarantees in a five-year, $230.5 million contract extension.

The origin of it becoming public knowledge is particularly interesting to find out, because as the news cycle in the last 72 hours showed, this was not a good look for Murray, his agent or the team. If it was leaked from the Cardinals, it would have surely been done in an attempt to paint Murray in a bad light.

Alas, that was not the case.

Rapoport explained that an official contract enters a portal that can be accessed with the right sources. The reason for Rapoport’s digging through the contract was for the baseball clause in Murray’s contract, and that’s when he also came across the study clause.

Rapoport called Murray’s agent to make sure this was a real thing, and it indeed was, which brought on him sharing it Monday afternoon.

He also indicated a desire that Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro reported on Monday from owner Michael Bidwill for the clause to be in the contract.

“I don’t think anyone looks good in this, honestly,” Rapoport said. “It’s not great for Kyler, it’s not great for the agent.”

Murray responded to the criticism that came with the details of the study clause on Thursday. He was not scheduled to speak with the media but took the platform to defend himself and cited his accomplishments.

“I’m talking today because I feel it’s necessary with what’s going on regarding me and the things that are being said about me,” Murray said. “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 serious — it’s disrespectful and it’s almost a joke.”

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

D.J. Humphries #74 of the Arizona Cardinals on the field during pregame warm-ups before the game ag...
Sam Graveline

Cardinals’ D.J. Humphries takes last spot in PFF’s 2022 top OT rankings

Fresh off an extension with the Cardinals, LT D.J. Humphries took the last spot in Pro Football Focus' top offensive tackle rankings.
1 day ago
Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball against Byron Murphy Jr. #7 of the Arizon...
Sam Graveline

Cardinals rank No. 30 on Football Outsiders’ under-25 talent list

The Cardinals head into the 2022 season lacking talent under the age of 25, coming in at No. 30 in Scott Spratt's rankings.
11 hours ago
(L-R) Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys talks with owner Michael Bidwell of the Arizona Cardi...
Arizona Sports

Sportico ranks Cardinals No. 28 on list of most valuable NFL teams

The Arizona Cardinals ranked No. 28 in Sportico's franchise valuations at $3.165 billion, an 18% increase from 2021.
3 days ago
Arizona Cardinals WR Rondale Moore warms up ahead of practice Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Tempe. (T...
Nikash Nath

Pro Football Focus: Rondale Moore is Cardinals’ most intriguing player

PFF's Ari Meirov went through all 32 NFL teams' rosters and selected one player from each team as their most "intriguing player."
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals' Greg Dortch runs drills during the NFL football team's training camp at State Fa...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals notebook: Greg Dortch among Red & White practice standouts

Greg Dortch continues to impress over the course of training camp, with his most recent showing coming during the Red & White practice.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals DL Kingsley Keke looks on during OTAs on Monday, June 6, 2022, in Tempe. (Tyler D...
Arizona Sports

Arizona Cardinals DT Kingsley Keke placed in COVID-19 protocols

Arizona Cardinals defensive lineman Kingsley Keke has been placed in COVID-19 protocols, head coach Kliff Kingbury said at practice Saturday.
2 days ago
How Kyler Murray’s study clause in Cardinals contract became public