Arizona Cardinals Give QB Murray 5-year Contract Extension
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Arizona Cardinals have agreed to a five-year contract extension with starting quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray (pictured above).
He reportedly gets $230.5 million total with $160 million of that guaranteed. The extension will keep him in Arizona through the 2028 season. Murray has two years remaining on his rookie deal that he signed after he was drafted number 1 out of Oklahoma in 2019.
There had been talk that Murray would not report to Cardinals' training camp without a contract extension. He led the Cardinals to an NFC playoff berth this past season, where they lost to the eventual Super Bow champion Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round, 34-11.
Murray threw for 3,787 yards last season with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 14 games played and made his second straight Pro Bowl.
After starting his college career at Texas A & M, Kyler transferred to Oklahoma in 2017. After backing up fellow Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield in 2017, he won the Heisman Trophy after throwing for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He also ran for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns in that same year.
Before the 2018 season, Murray (who was a highly touted baseball prospect in high school) was drafted in the first round by the Oakland Athletics (9th overall). He actually signed a deal with the A's, but never played for the organization after his highly successful 2018 season at Oklahoma.
His average salary of $46 million makes him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL. Kyler is second only to Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in terms of average salary.