Cardinals ‘created a monster’ by extending Kyler Murray, anonymous teammate says

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One of Murray’s teammates said that the long-term signing of Kyler Murray by the Arizona Cardinals may be a franchise change mistake.

The Cardinals veteran spoke to Bally Sports on condition of anonymity and said “it was like they created a monster” after Murray signed a five-year, $230 million extension in the offseason.

The Cardinals went 11-6 in 2021, making the playoffs in Murray’s third season in which he was named a Pro Bowler for the second time. They lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams, but the future looked bright.

Until it wasn’t.

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Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns tackles Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.

Carolina Panthers defensive end Brian Burns tackles Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Charlotte, N.C.
(AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Despite signing Murray, the Cardinals had a disappointing campaign in 2022, going 3-7 in Murray’s 10 full games. They finished 4-13 and dead last in the NFC West.

Murray’s stats – in a span of 17 games – matched his career numbers, but the veteran, according to Bally Sports, said Murray “didn’t feel as compelled to learn his game plan or fulfilling his expectations of the franchise QB position than himself. in the past, and the fall of the Cardinals felt predictable.”

When they extended Murray, the Cardinals included a clause that required four hours of “independent study,” which included film and game study during game weeks. After receiving backlash for the clause, the Cards removed the addendum from the contract.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) spreads out in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) spreads out in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
(Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

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Murray’s former teammate, Pádraig Peterson, said that Murray “isn’t worried about anyone but Kyle Murray,” and that head coach Kliff Kingsbury would be a “scapegoat” for the Cardinals’ struggles.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before kickoff against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium on December 12, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up before kickoff against the New England Patriots at State Farm Stadium on December 12, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona.
(Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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The Cardinals released him after four years; it was rumored that his relationship with Murray had recently turned sour.

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