8:15 p.m.: And like that, the clause is no more. Report tweet that the Cardinals removed the “independent study” clause from Murray’s contract.
“After seeing the distraction this created, we removed the addendum from the contract,” the cardinals said in a statement (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter). “It was clearly perceived in a way that was never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is higher than it has ever been and nothing demonstrates our confidence in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.
1:25 p.m.: Doing Kyler Murray the second-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, the Cardinals included an independent study clause in his contract. The odd inclusion requires the fourth-year passer to watch at least four hours of film per week during the season, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (on Twitter).
Naturally, this unusual mandate has garnered more attention than the five-year, $230.5 million deal itself. Addressing the issue on Thursday, Murray said questions about his movie study habits were “disrespectful” and “almost a joke,” via CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones (everything Twitter connections).
“There are several ways to watch a movie. Of course, we all watch movies. It doesn’t need to be questioned“Murray said, before declining to answer questions related to the film’s clause.”I refuse to have my work ethic and preparation questioned. I have devoted an incomprehensible amount of time to what I do, be it football or baseball.
Murray himself has admitted in the past that he is unlikely to be a top film student among quarterbacks, commenting to The New York Times about his habits. Given its importance to the franchise, this December 2021 position may well have been a factor for the Cardinals in their offseason negotiations.
“I think I was lucky to have the cognitive skills to go there and see it before it happened“Murray said, via NYT’s Ben Shpigel, last year.”I’m not one of those guys who will sit around and kill themselves while watching a movie. I don’t sit around for 24 hours breaking down this team and this squad and watching every game because in my head I see so many things.”
The two-time Pro Bowler declined to say if he was crazy about this film study component of his contract, but the Cardinals going so far as to include it in their most high-profile extension reveals at least some level of hesitation. about the double threat. the commitment of the passer. This isn’t the first bit of atypical language in a Murray contract. His rookie contract protected the Cardinals from a return to baseball, a sport he was allowed to play — as an Oakland Athletics top-10 rookie — before his 2018 Heisman-winning season changed the course. of her career. That transition has now resulted in Murray getting a monster extension — one with $104.3 million guaranteed to sign.
It’s certainly worth noting that, despite reports of acrimony between the fourth-year QB and the fading Cardinals, Murray had to settle that. after the team has made this financial commitment. As a rule, discussions of dissatisfaction between the player and the team drift away following costly extension agreements. But it’s clear that Murray, who has tracked fast starts with suboptimal season endings in each of his Pro Bowl years, will find it hard to distance himself from that story. The cardinals, who have never authorized a distance contract close to this district, are also regularly linked to this language.