A lot of people were skeptical on whether or not the Cardinals made the right decision giving Kyler Murray that contract extension last season, including at least one Arizona Cardinals player.
Speaking to Michael Silver of Bally Sports, an anonymous Cardinals player said the team “created a monster” by giving Murray the five-year, $230.5 million contract extension.
“Once paid, the veteran said, Murray felt less compulsion to study his game plan or to fulfill the expectations of the franchise QB position than he had in the past, and the Cardinals’ collapse felt predictable,” Silver wrote.
The contract extension was suppose to be a great moment for the Cardinals and Murray but controversy quickly arose after it was leaked that the team included a “mandatory film session” close in Murray’s contract. There was a lot of blocback about the clause and it got so loud that the Cardinals issued a statement announcing they removed it from the contract.
The Cardinals 2022-23 season was also a complete disaster, the team finished 4-13 with Kliff Kingsbury being fired due to his relationship with Murray being a big reason why. Meanwhile for Murray, his 2023-24 season is influx after he tore his ACL in Week 14 against the New England Patriots. He is expected to miss at least the start of the next season.
The Arizona Cardinals are currently in the midst of a coaching search and have interviews scheduled with former New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.