Kyler Murray: Arizona Cardinals remove ‘independent study’ clause from star QB’s contract as he calls work ethic questions ‘disrespectful’

“After seeing the distraction he created, we removed the contract endorsement,” the team statement, obtained by CNN, reads. “It was clearly seen in a way that was never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is higher than it has ever been and nothing demonstrates our confidence in his ability to lead this team more than commitment reflected in this contract.”

Earlier this week, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that in Murray’s new five-year, $230.5 million contract, the Cardinals included a clause requiring Murray “to complete a minimum of four (4) hours of independent study “during match weeks.

The clause stated that Murray would not receive credit for independent study regarding the preparation of the game if he “does not personally study or view the material while it is displayed or played” or if the player is involved. in activities that could distract their attention, such as watching television, playing video games, or browsing the Internet.

After Thursday’s practice, Murray held an unannounced press conference, beginning with a monologue explaining how he became one of the league’s best quarterbacks.

“I think it’s necessary, you know, with what’s going on about me and the things being said about me,” the 24-year-old told reporters. “To think that I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished in my career and not be a student of the game and not have that passion and not take that seriously is disrespectful, and it’s almost a joke.

“For me, I’m flattered. I mean flattered that you all think that at my size, I can go out there and not prepare for the game, and not take it seriously. It’s disrespectful, I feel like, to my peers, to all the great athletes and great players that are in this league. This game is too difficult. To play the position that I play in this league, it’s too difficult.

Murray, however, would not answer questions about whether the clause bothered him.

Later in the day, Rapoport, citing sources, said the clause was removed on Wednesday. A few hours later, the cardinals issued a statement announcing the removal of this requirement.

Murray – who is an avid player – was keen to point out that he wouldn’t have achieved what he is if his off-court work fell below the required standard.

“I’ve invested an incomprehensible amount of time, blood, sweat, tears and work in what I do, whether it’s football or baseball,” Murray said.

“People can’t understand how long it takes to do two sports at a high level in college. Let alone be the first person to do it at my height, like I said, that’s funny, but for those of you out there who believe that I would be here today in front of all of you with no work ethic and no preparation, I’m honored that you thought that. But there is no such thing. isn’t possible, so that’s all I have on that.”

Murray is entering his fourth season in the NFL in 2022. He has been voted to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons and was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019.

He’s become one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the league because he’s a threat with both his arm and his legs. During his three seasons in the NFL, he had 11,480 yards and 70 touchdowns, as well as 1,786 yards and 20 touchdowns.

However, despite his personal success, the Cardinals only reached the playoffs once in his three years at the helm, docilely exiting last season against the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

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