8:15pm: And like that, the clause isn’t any extra. Rapoport tweets that the Cardinals have eliminated the “unbiased research” clause in Murray’s contract.
“After seeing the distraction it created, we eliminated the addendum from the contract,” the Cardinals stated in an announcement (by way of ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter). “It was clearly perceived in ways in which have been by no means supposed. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as excessive because it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our perception in his skill to guide this workforce greater than the dedication mirrored on this contract.”
1:25pm: In making Kyler Murray the NFL’s second-highest-paid quarterback, the Cardinals included an unbiased research clause in his contract. The unusual inclusion mandates the fourth-year passer watch at the least 4 hours of movie on his personal per week in the course of the season, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (ten Twitter).
Understandably, this uncommon mandate has generated extra consideration than the five-year, $230.5MM deal itself. Addressing this matter Thursday, Murray stated questions on his film-study habits are “disrespectful” and “virtually a joke,” by way of CBS Sports’ Jonathan Jones (all Twitter hyperlinks).
“There are many alternative methods to observe the film. Of course all of us watch motion pictures. That would not must be questioned,” Murray stated, earlier than declining to reply questions associated to the movie clause. “I refuse to let my work ethic and my preparation be in query. I’ve put in an incomprehensible period of time in what I do, whether or not it is soccer or baseball.”
Murray himself has admitted up to now that he’s unlikely to be a top-tier movie pupil amongst quarterbacks, making feedback to the New York Times about his habits. Given his significance to the franchise, this December 2021 stance could nicely have been an element for the Cardinals throughout their offseason negotiations.
“I feel I used to be blessed with the cognitive expertise to simply go on the market and simply see it earlier than it occurs,” Murray stated, by way of the NYT’s Ben Spiegel, final yr. “I’m not a type of guys that is going to take a seat there and kill myself watching a film. I do not sit there for twenty-four hours and break down this workforce and that workforce and watch each sport as a result of, in my head, I see a lot.”
The two-time Pro Bowler declined to say if he was mad about this film-study element of his contract, however the Cardinals going as far as to incorporate it their highest-profile extension reveals at the least some degree of hesitancy concerning the dual-threat passer’s dedication. This will not be the primary piece of atypical language in a Murray contract. His rookie deal protected the Cardinals towards a return to baseball, a sport he was ticketed to play — as a top-10 Oakland Athletics draftee — earlier than his 2018 Heisman-winning season modified his profession course. That transition has now led to Murray securing a monster extension — one that includes $104.3MM assured at signing.
It is actually attention-grabbing that, regardless of the studies of the acrimony between the fourth-year QB and the Cardinals dying down, Murray has wanted to handle this matter after the workforce made this monetary dedication. Generally, discuss of discontent between participant and workforce recedes within the wake of big-ticket extension agreements. But it’s clear Murray, who has adopted up quick begins with suboptimal end-of-season stretches in every of his Pro Bowl years, will wrestle to distance himself from this story. The Cardinals, who’ve by no means approved a contract remotely near this neighborhood, stand to be repeatedly tied to this language as nicely.