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Cards sign Kyler Murray to 5-year extension

May 7, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in attendance during UFC 274 at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray has agreed to a contract extension that will make him among the richest quarterbacks in the NFL, according to multiple reports.

The Cardinals officially announced Murray’s five-year contract extension Thursday but did not disclose financial terms. However, the deal is reportedly worth $230.5 million, with $160 million guaranteed.

The agreement follows months of back and forth between Murray’s camp and the Cardinals.

In February, Murray scrubbed his Instagram page of all references to the Cardinals, making apparent his dissatisfaction with his contract at the time. His agent later released a statement of more than 1,000 words saying Murray wanted a new contract.

In May, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said he thought the two sides would “be able to get something done this summer.”

Murray attended just one session of this year’s voluntary OTAs.

Murray, 24, was drafted first overall by the Cardinals in 2019 and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top young QBs, helping the Cardinals improve from five wins in 2019 to eight in 2020 then up to 11 in 2021.

In 2021, Murray passed for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and he also rushed for 423 yards and five scores last season.

Murray made his playoff debut against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round and his performance did not impress. He completed 19 of 34 passes for only 137 yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss.

In three seasons, Murray has a 22-23-1 record as a starter. He has passed for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions, while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 scores in 46 starts.

The Cardinals selected Murray out of Oklahoma months after he was named the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

–Field Level Media