On Monday, Kyler Murray’s agent Erik Burkhardt issued a lengthy statement pressuring the Cardinals to prioritize a long-term contract for the 24-year-old quarterback.
Burkhardt said he “sent a detailed contract proposal” that indicated Murray’s twin desires to be paid similarly to his QB peers — who received extensions after Year 3 — and still lower next season’s cap hit to provide financial flexibility.
Now, Arizona has to decide if it wants to invest that heavily in the former No. 1 pick.
- Murray’s on a four-year, $37.5 million rookie contract ($5.4M in 2022); the Cardinals hold a fifth-year option worth up to $23 million.
- The Bills’ Josh Allen signed a six-year, $258 million extension in August.
- In July 2020, Patrick Mahomes inked a record-breaking 10-year deal with the Chiefs that could reach $503 million.
- Deshaun Watson ($156M), Carson Wentz (128M), Jared Goff ($134M), and Ryan Tannehill ($118M) all signed four-year deals after their third seasons.
The statement asks Arizona to consider Murray’s “results alongside relevant comps.”
He set career highs in passing yards per game (270.5) and passer rating (100.6) in the regular season. The 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year is already a two-time Pro Bowler.
But he also faltered in his postseason debut against the Super Bowl champion Rams, with two interceptions and a 40.9 passer rating.