As the weekend unfolded the name on everyone’s lips was the Arizona Cardinals. Whether intentional or unintentional, the name associated with the Arizona Cardinals was Kyler Murray.
Two reports surfaced this weekend, one from Kimberly Jones of NFL.com and one from Tony Pauline that the Cardinals have let it be known that Kyler Murray is their guy.
I asked multiple people if this was true or if this was a ploy for the Arizona Cardinals to get interest in the first pick:
“I don’t think they’d float Kyler interest if they wanted out of 1. Bosa is the guy everyone wants.”
“I believe all of it, everyone in the league is saying it.”
“I did not, until this weekend, everyone else seems to... I’m not betting.”
That’s the thing, the Cardinals overtly being interested in Murray doesn’t make sense. He didn’t come in as the top guy. Why would they need to let it be known they want him?
The only way this makes sense, the Cardinals overtly floating rumors, putting all their cards on the table, is if they are casting a wide net to see what they could get for Josh Rosen and that is all this is. To see if Rosen has what they would consider fair value
Why would the Cardinals even be considering this?
How did they get to the point where this is even a conversation? Those are the avenues I am pursuing now, but the reality is if they are truly looking to move on from their first round rookie quarterback after one season... There has to be more to the story.
What do I believe? I believe that where there is enough smoke there is fire. However, the question is why is the fire there? Were they set to get attention, knowing that they do like Murray, they do like Rosen, that they do like Nick Bosa and they want to pursue every available avenue.
Or, did the Cardinals intend to truly burn it down when they fired Steve Wilks after last season, salt the earth and make sure nothing remains from the 2018 season... Even their crown jewel of the 2018 NFL Draft?
We won’t know until it happens, but if nothing comes of the story in the next couple of days, then we’ll know that there is nothing more to it.