Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals‘ summer tension ended on Thursday when the quarterback agreed to a substantial contract deal, making him one of the highest-paid players at his position in the NFL.
According to a person familiar with the agreement, the five-year contract is for $230.5 million, including $160 million in guaranteed compensation.
The average salary for a season in the league is $46.1 million, which is second only to quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ three-year, $150.8 million contract deal with the Green Bay Packers, which has an average yearly value of $50.3 million. Deshaun Watson’s five-year deal with the Cleveland Browns is guaranteed to be worth $230 million, or $46 million on average each season. The 24-year-old Kyler Murray is currently obligated to the Cardinals until the 2028 campaign. He still had two seasons left on his rookie contract. Murray and the Cardinals reached an extension agreement, but the details of the arrangement were not made public.
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During the offseason, there was a lot of talk regarding Murray’s potential with the Cardinals. There were also tales of his displeasure. Murray deleted any mentions of the group from his social media profiles.
In a statement to the media in February, Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, said in all caps that “actions speak far louder than words in this volatile profession” and that the Cardinals would “simply have to decide if they prioritize” Murray as their franchise QB. To retain Murray in Arizona, though, general manager Steve Keim committed to sealing a long-term agreement. Prior to the team’s veterans’ training camp, which starts the next week, he and Burkhardt concluded their talks on Thursday.
In the three seasons after the Cardinals selected Murray with the first overall choice in the 2019 draught, Kyler Murray has been selected to the Pro Bowl twice. The offensive rookie of the year in 2019 was Oklahoma’s Heisman Trophy winner.
Last year, he guided the Cardinals to the playoffs, but in a 34-11 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams in the divisional round, he threw two interceptions.