The question on how married the Arizona Cardinals are to Kyler Murray is a simple one to answer.
They are very married to Murray.
However, it is not extreme in the sense of contract and that is why when ESPN ranked the investment from a pure contractual standpoint, it makes sense that the Cardinals are outside of the top 10.
“11. Arizona Cardinals
Starter: Kyler Murray | Signed through: 2022
Tier: Youngster on rookie deal | Ranking in tier: No. 1”
“Contract: Four-year, $35.159 million fully guaranteed contract signed in May 2019. It includes a team option for a fifth year in 2023.”
“Nothing about Murray’s rookie year gave the Cardinals cause to wonder if they’d made the right decision in ditching 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen after one year. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 draft, Murray looks like a budding star who’ll almost certainly see the end of his rookie deal.”
From the contract point of view it makes sense, the Cardinals are close to the beginning, but it’s less than nine-million a season.
Plus, the fact that Murray is already good and could trend into the next tier this season makes him basically a bargain.
The thing that’s really intriguing and something to watch moving forward is the 49ers with Jimmy Garappolo. While the contract is massive, the Niners are done with guaranteed money after this season, meaning they can get out of it.