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Is He Over Paid and Over Rated?

Kyler Murray
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Kyler Murray is a young superstar in this league. He has delivered highlights that will live forever in Cardinals circles. With his rise to stardom bringing a spotlight to Arizona football that has been missing for a number a years. However is he worth 230 million dollars?

Oct 9, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, U.S.; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium.
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Kyler Murray: Contract Negotiations

Last season the Arizona Cardinals started off as the hottest team in the league at 10-1. That hot start was followed by a horrific finish to the season, a season that ended in blow out fashion in the wildcard game.

As soon as that happened, Murray deleted all association with the Arizona Cardinals and himself from social media. Some thought the move to be a childish ploy, while others understood his frustrations.

Murray, who still had one more year on his rookie contract forced the franchise into an extension. Without proving he even deserves to be in the NFL, Kyler Murray became the second highest paid quarterback in the league. Making 46.1 million a year through 2028.

2022 Kyler Murray

Through six games in the 2022 regular season, the Cardinals have yet to put up over 30 points. Arizona’s offense has looked everything but elite as they often struggle to score. Most games have been silent from the offense until a few late drives full of heroics that usually do not matter.

Murray has been without his number one target in Pro-Bowl Deandre Hopkins, who is set to return next week after serving a six game suspension.

However Murray has not been the elite quarterback the Cardinals were expecting when making him the second highest paid.

Through six games he has thrown 6 touchdowns, 4 interceptions, 1,463 yards on 65% completion rate. The Cardinals currently hold a 2-4 record. In both victories things were looking grim for Arizona before Murray himself performed miracles to skate by with a last minute win.

Is Murray a Starter at this Level?

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We definitely do not have the answer to this question yet. At the end of this contract we will know if it is him struggling or the offensive scheme in general not working out.

However for the next five seasons, the Arizona Cardinals will be stuck with a below average quarterback. One that is taken a huge chunk of the payroll for other players.

In the history of the NFL, two things has been a problem for quarterbacks and teams. Either they have a below average quarterback with a good team, or a great quarterback they have to pay so much to keep that the rest of the team is below average.

In this case, you have both problems in one; an overpaid quarterback who is below average taking a lot of money from other positions.

Kyler Murray getting paid 46 million dollars a year on this Arizona Cardinals team is a set up for failure, for the next five years.

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