When the Arizona Cardinals made the decision to move on from Josh Rosen and take Kyler Murray with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cardinals made a decision that will connect them to their new quarterback for the next four years.
Sure, they just moved on from a first round quarterback, but now, they have a huge financial commitment to Murray for at least four seasons.
That is why, when ESPN released their most committed to their quarterback rankings, you saw the Cardinals ranked very high, in fact they are ranked sixth overall.
6. Arizona Cardinals
Starter: Kyler Murray | Signed through: 2022
Tier: Rookie first-rounder | Ranking in tier: No. 1
Contract: Four-year, $35.159 million, fully guaranteed contract signed this month. It includes a signing bonus of roughly $23.6 million and a team option for a fifth year.
Because he’s a first-round pick, Murray’s deal also will give Arizona a fifth-year option for the 2023 season. So he should be tied to the Cardinals for the next four or five years, even if he doesn’t turn out to be the long-term starter. But Arizona took a quarterback in the first round last year too, and he’s not there anymore. So you really never know.
It’d be shocking, barring another firing of their GM and head coach, to see anyone but Murray as the Cardinals quarterback for the next several seasons.
They are committed to Murray... For now.