Sep 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) greets fans after the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray would ‘shake hand’ of Vegas fan

Kind Kyler Murray sounds like the forgiving type, even when it comes to being struck in the face by a fan at an opposing stadium.

While Las Vegas police are investigating the incident during Sunday’s game, when a fan struck Murray in the face following the Cardinals’ overtime victory over the Raiders, Murray said he has “no hard feelings.”

“If I see him, I’d shake his hand,” Murray said Wednesday. “It is what it is.

“I don’t know if he didn’t know where he was. It was a pretty live game. Vegas is Vegas.”

Murray was embracing another fan in the front row behind the endzone following the game-winning defensive score. Fan video angles shared via social media appear to show a male in the second row swing his open palm in the direction of Murray and making flush contact with the quarterback’s face.

“The Raiders are aware of the incident and are cooperating with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department on its investigation,” the Raiders said Sunday night.

Murray piloted the furious rally with 16 points in the fourth quarter to help the Cardinals force overtime and even their record at 1-1. But he said shifting focus quickly to the Los Angeles Rams is necessary. Coach Kliff Kingsbury concurred, especially where defensive tackle Aaron Donald is involved.

“Nobody has a plan for that. We just have to make sure he doesn’t wreck the game,” Kingsbury said.

–Field Level Media

Jul 27, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up during training camp at State Farm Stadium.

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Clause and effect: Cards QB Kyler Murray angered by rising perception

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray signed a massive contract worth up to $230.5 million with Arizona, but there’s a catch.

Murray’s deal includes an atypical film study clause mandating four independent hours breaking down film each week. Murray said Thursday he already watches film as the narratives around commitment and professionalism multiply.

“There’s multiple different ways to watch film. Of course we all watch film,” Murray said Thursday, speaking to the media on a day he was not scheduled for press access to share his stance. “That doesn’t need to be questioned. I refuse to let my work ethic and my preparation be in question. I’ve put in an incomprehensible amount of time in what I do.”

Murray would not answer a question about whether he was bothered by the Cardinals adding the clause to the contract. With the Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning said he watched three hours of film each day before practice during the regular season. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said last season he invests at least 10 hours each week breaking down video of his performance and upcoming opponents.

Murray’s five-year contract outlines that he must start the weekly film study on the first Monday following the end of training camp and continue weekly until Arizona’s final game of the season with bye weeks the only exception.

Murray didn’t put an estimate on the amount of time he spends with the clicker, calling the current conversation around his work habits “disrespectful.”

“To think that I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished in my career and not be student of the game, not have that passion, not take this serious, it’s almost disrespectful,” he said. “It’s almost a joke. To me … I’m flattered (someone) to think that at my size I can go out there and not prepare for the game and take it serious. To play the position I play in this league, it’s hard. It’s too hard (not to study).”

According to the clause, Murray must study “the material provided to him by the Club in order to prepare for the Club’s next upcoming game.”

Credit will not be given for independent study if Murray is not “personally studying or watching the material while it is being displayed or played” in instances where he’s using an iPad or other type of electronic device, per the contract. If Murray is simultaneously doing something else that distracts him when film is being played, he won’t get credit, either.

If Murray fails to record his weekly four hours of independent film study, he will be ruled to be “in default.”

The addendum begins this season and lasts through 2028, when the Cardinals can pick up a club option.

Murray, 24, threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He went 9-5 in his 14 starts and was named to his second straight Pro Bowl.

–Field Level Media

Jan 17, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before playing against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card playoff game.

Nfc Wild Card Playoff Cardinals Vs Rams

Kyler Murray’s new contract includes independent study clause

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray’s five-year, $230.5 million contract extension features an addendum that states he must study film for four hours per week throughout the course of the season, according to multiple reports.

The requirement is listed an “independent study addendum” and has four requirements that Murray must fulfill in order to act in accordance with the contract. He must start the weekly film study on the first Monday following the end of training camp and continue weekly until Arizona’s final game of the season, with bye weeks being excluded.

According to the clause, Murray must study “the material provided to him by the Club in order to prepare for the Club’s next upcoming game.”

Credit will not be given for independent study if Murray is not “personally studying or watching the material while it is being displayed or played” in instances where he’s using an iPad or other type of electronic device, per the contract. If Murray is simultaneously doing something else that distracts him when film is being played, he won’t get credit, either.

If Murray fails to record his weekly four hours of independent film study, he will be ruled to be “in default.”

The addendum begins this season and lasts through 2028, when the Cardinals can pick up a club option.

Murray, 24, agreed to the extension on Thursday. He threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season and went 9-5 in his 14 starts.

–Field Level Media

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before an NFC wild-card game in January.

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Reports: Kyler Murray’s agent rescinds contract proposal

Quarterback Kyler Murray’s quest for a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals has taken a turn, with NFL Network reporting Thursday that agent Erik Burkhardt has revoked his opening proposal.

The Cardinals have yet to make Murray an offer.

Thursday’s report speculated that it would be a “surprise” if Murray played next season under his current deal, which calls for him to be paid $5.5 million in 2022.

Sports Illustrated added that Murray’s camp sees the draft — which begins two weeks from Thursday — as a deadline for a new deal.

Drama began to boil over in February when Murray scrubbed all references to the team from his social media. He later spoke out in order to call reports of a fracturing relationship “nonsense” and said he only wanted to win championships.

But two weeks later, Burkhardt published an all-caps open letter to the Cardinals that clocked in longer than 1,000 words, detailing that Murray deserved a long-term contract after three NFL seasons.

According to Burkhardt, the offer he made “provides financial protection, is in line with the current QB market that compares his results alongside relevant comps, lowers his 2022-23 salary cap number to allow the Cardinals to re-sign other deserving teammates and add additional free agents and, most importantly, represents a real commitment from the organization to see if their ultimate goals align.”

That offer, though, is reportedly off the table. This offseason, four more quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Deshaun Watson and Derek Carr — signed extensions or new deals worth more than $40 million per year. Kirk Cousins, extended in Minnesota, is scheduled to average $35 million.

Murray is scheduled to make about $5.5 million in 2022, the fourth year of his rookie contract.

In 46 starts over three seasons, Murray has thrown for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions while completing 66.9 percent of his passes. He has added 1,786 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground, won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and was named to the last two Pro Bowls.

In his playoff debut the past season against the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams, Murray went 19-for-34 for 137 passing yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss. ESPN later reported that the Cardinals wanted Murray to improve as a leader, with anonymous sources describing him as self-centered and a finger-pointer.

–Field Level Media

Jan 17, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before playing against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card playoff game.

Nfc Wild Card Playoff Cardinals Vs Rams

Kyler Murray’s agent: ‘Contractual promises fleeting in this business’

Kyler Murray’s agent said a proposal for a long-term contract with the Arizona Cardinals was sent to the team and asked for actions from the franchise rather than “hypothetical contractual promises.”

Agent Erik Burkhardt on Monday issued an ALL CAPS statement of more than 1,000 words addressing the status of Murray’s contract.

The salvo from Burkhardt is the latest spin in what has been a testy offseason between the two sides, starting with Murray scrubbing all references to the team from his social media accounts before the Pro Bowl.

In the statement, Burkhardt said the 24-year-old Murray “wants to be direct with loyal fans and the great community of the Valley in stating his two very important goals and objectives.

1. He absolutely wants to be your long term QB
2. He desperately wants to win the Super Bowl.

“Achieving both goals will take incredible commitment from himself and the entire organization.”

Murray is under contract for 2022 and the Cardinals hold a fifth-year option on his contract for 2023. Burkhardt’s argument is that Murray has outperformed the rookie contract, a four-year deal worth $35,658,014 with an option year at $11,186,842.

By comparison, the Bears paid Nick Foles $8 million in 2021 to be the team’s third quarterback.

But rookie pay scale is a factor, even for No. 1 overall picks. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow made $9,047,534 in 2021, when Baker Mayfield was at $8,170,745 and Murray at $8,914,504

Owner Michael Bidwill said last week that he wants Murray to be the franchise quarterback in Arizona, but cautioned contract talks take time and compromise.

With the salary cap expected to jump to $209 million, quarterback salaries are projected to continue to increase to well over $40 million for top-tier passers. Given Murray’s combination of age and improved production and the team’s climbing win totals, he’s expected to look for a deal that approaches $45 million to $50 million annually.

Burkhardt said the contract proposal sent to general manager Steve Keim was in the interest of “long-term stability for both the organization and (Murray). To overtly communicate Kyler’s desire to be the Cardinals’ long-term QB, we sent a proposal reflecting all of the following:

“Provides financial protection, is in line with the current QB market that compares his results alongside relevant comps, lowers his 2022-23 salary cap number to allow the Cardinals to re-sign other deserving teammates and add additional free agents and, most importantly, represents a real commitment from the organization to see if their ultimate goals align with his 2 above.”

Burkhardt continued, saying “actions speak much louder than words in this volatile business.

“It is now simply up to the Cardinals to decide if they prioritize their rapidly improving 24-year-old, already 2X Pro Bowl QB, who led the organization from three wins before his arrival to 11 wins and their first playoff appearance in five years or rather if they choose to financially prioritize committing to other areas and continuing to merely talk about addressing Kyler’s long-term QB.”

–Field Level Media

November 7, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) smiles on the sideline during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins return to action

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will return to action Sunday after missing three games with an injured left ankle.

The Cardinals (9-2) also activated wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to face the host Chicago Bears (4-7). He also sat out the past three games due to a hamstring injury.

Both players had been listed as questionable.

Murray, 24, has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season. He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Hopkins, 29, has 35 receptions for 486 yards and seven touchdowns in eight starts this season.

Inactive for Arizona were wideout Andy Isabella, quarterback Trace McSorley, cornerback Jace Whittaker and left guard Justin Pugh.

Chicago’s inactive players for the Week 13 contest included quarterback Justin Fields, running back Damien Williams, receivers Allen Robinson II and Marquise Goodwin, defensive back Teez Tabor and defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and Mario Edwards Jr.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (ankle) is game-day decision vs. Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is a game-day decision for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to his left ankle injury.

It marks the third straight week in which Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury has viewed the star quarterback in such a manner. Murray was injured during a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

“He definitely progressed,” Kingsbury said. “So we want to make sure that he’s in a place where he can play his game, protect himself and do all the things, and if he can, he’ll be out there.”

Murray has struggled to rediscover “the acceleration stuff that really makes him who he is at times,” according to Kingsbury.

“He’s got to be able to use that to get away, escape trouble, the things that he does naturally and instinctively,” Kingsbury said. “So we’re still trying to get to that point.”

Murray was a leading MVP candidate before the injury. He has completed an NFL-best 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions and also has rushed for three scores.

Complicating matters this time is that backup quarterback Colt McCoy (pectoral) also is ailing. McCoy started the past two games with the Cardinals, going 1-1 in Murray’s absence.

“We’d love to have Kyler,” rookie wideout Rondale Moore said. “We love Colt. Whoever is back there, I think the plan stays the same.”

If both quarterbacks were unavailable, Chris Streveler would make his first career start. He has completed 17 of 25 passes for 141 yards, one touchdown and one interception in seven games for Arizona over the past two seasons.

One player who is definitely out is receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring). It will be Hopkins’ third straight absence.

Hopkins, 29, has recorded 35 receptions for 486 receiving yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in eight games this season.

Guard Justin Pugh (calf) also will sit out. Safety Budda Baker (heel) is expected to be available in Seattle.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray ‘pretty close’ to game ready

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray plans to practice this week, a sign his return to gameday from an ankle injury is getting closer.

He missed the last two games and Arizona (8-2) went 1-1 with backup Colt McCoy under center.

Murray said he would be on the practice field this week for the first time this month and his status appears promising for Sunday’s NFC West matchup with Seattle (3-6) and Russell Wilson.

“I’m pretty close,” Murray said Wednesday when asked about his status for facing the Seahawks.

Murray last played in Week 8, Arizona’s first loss of the season to the Green Bay Packers.

Head coach Kliff Kingsbury didn’t want to spread optimism about Murray’s return until seeing him respond after practicing.

“It’s going to be close,” Kingsbury said.

Murray was the frontrunner for NFL MVP based on odds at major sportsbooks when he was injured.

In eight games, he completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also has rushed for three scores.

The Seahawks are 1-3 at home this season.

McCoy is dealing with a pec injury suffered in the Cardinals’ 34-10 home loss to the Panthers last week but did practice Wednesday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) celebrates his touchdown with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins inactive Sunday

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins both were inactive for Sunday’s game at San Francisco.

Murray missed practice all week with a left ankle injury sustained during last week’s 24-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Colt McCoy, 35, makes his first start for the Cardinals (7-1) against the NFC West rival 49ers (3-4).

McCoy has played just 14 offensive snaps this season and has not attempted a pass. His most recent NFL start came in Week 14 last season for the New York Giants.

Murray, 24, has passed for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and rushed for 147 yards and three scores in eight starts this season.

Hopkins sat out practices this week with a hamstring injury that limited him to 15 snaps and two catches for 66 yards against the Packers.

Hopkins, 29, has recorded team-leading totals in receptions (35), receiving yards (486) and touchdowns (seven) in eight games this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 31, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) drops back to pass against the Miami Dolphins during the second half at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen’s MVP odds continue to strengthen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen has put a little more distance between himself and his closest competition for NFL MVP honors.

Allen is now the +250 favorite at several sportsbooks. At BetMGM, the next shortest odds belong to fellow quarterbacks Tom Brady (+400), Kyler Murray (+500) and Matthew Stafford (+600).

The trio are each being offered at +600 at DraftKings.

The Bills hold a 1 1/2-game lead in the AFC East over the New England Patriots, with Allen leading the way 17 touchdowns against only three interceptions while throwing for 1,972 yards. That includes 249 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no picks in Buffalo’s thrashing of Miami last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Brady and Murray are coming off losses — the second of the season for Tampa Bay and the first for Murray’s Arizona Cardinals. Brady still leads the way at DraftKings with 17 percent of the MVP handle backing the Buccaneers’ quarterback, while Stafford is now second with 13 percent, ahead of Allen and Murray at 11 percent each.

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers opened the season at +1200 and has seen his odds steadily shorten to +800 this week with Green Bay riding a seven-game winning streak. He has been backed by 17 percent of the total bets at DraftKings, well ahead of Allen at 11 percent and Brady and Stafford at 10 percent each.

Dallas’ Dak Prescott still has shorter odds both books — +650 at DraftKings and +700 at BetMGM — despite missing last week’s win over Minnesota.

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry remains +4000 at DraftKings despite foot surgery that will sideline him until the playoffs, if not for the season. He has been taken off the MVP market at BetMGM, where the top non-quarterback now is Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp at +10000.

–Field Level Media