The Arizona Cardinals did irreparable damage to their credibility this week by embarrassing quarterback Kyler Murray.
The team successfully incorporated an “independent study” clause into Murray’s new contract, which called for four hours of homework a week to avoid lapses on the agreement.
“Never seen this before,” said one executive.
The clause specifies that Murray would not receive credit for studying on the iPad if he was simultaneously playing video games, watching TV, or surfing the Internet.
Then the leaked information before Murray’s contract even officially hit the league-wide database of the NFL Players Union.
Some league sources believe that Arizona boss Michael Bidwill was behind the idea of sending that message to his franchise QB, perhaps in response to agent Eric Burkhart’s page-long February statement from Arizona to pay Murray. Urged because “actions speak louder than words.”
Regardless, it did more harm than good.
What’s more, it is clear that the Cardinals do not believe that Murray works hard enough. The organization just demonstrated that it is willing to pay a player who doesn’t work hard enough to lead them.
The public shock was so strong that Arizona has already agreed to remove the clause from Murray’s contract.
“Because it doesn’t just make Kyler look bad. It also makes the team look bad,” said a source.
But the damage was already done in more ways than one.
From the point of view of many NFL agents, Murray’s contract was a step back for the quarterback.
Deshan Watson received a fully guaranteed $230 million from the Cleveland Browns despite allegations of sexual assault that threaten their 2022 season.
Of Murray’s $230.5 million in new money, only $103.3 million is fully guaranteed, with up to $160 million of guarantees available, plus contingencies. overthecap.com,
Even the “homework” clause has been removed, for example, with a staggering $9.3 million of Murray’s money tied to a workout bonus. It averages $1.6 million from 2024 to 2028.
“It’s high for a franchise quarterback,” said a source.
For comparison, Josh Allen of Buffalo averages $750,000 per year in workout bonuses in his New Deal. Patrick Mahomes owns a flat $550,000 a year through Kansas City.
The decision to include the clause also reflects the Cardinals’ ridiculous lack of judgment from Bidville, GM Steve Keem and coach Cliff Kingsbury, assuming all three knew the clause was there.
There is no justification for paying a player big bucks if the team is to insert a clause that indicates they do not initially trust his or her work ethic.
Burkhart, who also represents Kingsbury, did not respond to a request for comment. Obviously, every agent prefers to avoid contingencies if possible. So clearly, that was the cost of getting Murray’s deal done.
“Obviously they put it there because of what has happened in the past,” a source said.
After the news leaked, Murray held a press conference to defend himself. The Cardinals issued a statement seeking to blame the media for the distraction.
But it was a mistake of his own making. This is bad business. And the Cardinals’ early works speak louder than their most recent words.
around the league
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“I’m not really sure how you’d regulate this, to be honest. Like, how would you know? You’re gonna put a camera in my house? – Darius Slayton, Giants wide receiver who enjoys playing video games, Cardinals How would it have supervised the gaming of the undead?