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The Kyler Murray Dilemma

The Arizona Cardinals are going into this season with very low expectations. The sports betting book, FanDuel, has the Cardinals over/under win total set at 4.5 wins. One of the others bets that can be made is betting on individual teams to win at least 10 games. Arizona has the longest odds by far to win 10 or more games. Arizona’s odds to win at least 10 games are +1600. The second closest teams are the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at +630.

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The Cardinals are the favorite to be the worst team in the NFL. So, they are also the favorite to have the number one overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Arizona also owns the Texans first round pick. Houston is also expected to be one of the worst teams in the NFL. The over/under win total for Houston is set at 6.5 wins.

What are the possibilities for Arizona?

If the season goes as expected the Cardinals have a great chance of having two of the first five picks in next year’s draft. They may even have the number one and two overall picks. This will give the Cardinals the chance to draft University of Southern California’s quarterback Caleb Williams. Williams has gotten very praise from NFL scouts.

“There’s only one 10 out of 10 that I’ve seen, and that’s Andrew Luck. When Trevor Lawrence came out, I thought he was the best since Andrew. Caleb Williams is the best since Andrew.” said David Shaw

One of the many reasons that the Cardinals are expected to be bad this year is that their starting quarterback is recovering from an injury. Kyler Murray tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee on December 12,2022 and had surgery to repair the ligament on January 3, 2023.

There is no exact timetable on when Murray will return but don’t be shocked if he misses most of this season. Murray is a very talented quarterback. What makes him standout among other quarterbacks outside of his lack of stature is his ability to break out of the pocket.Will Murray be the same coming off of an ACL tear? Is it time for the Cardinals move on?

Be Bold and go for Gold

Kyler Murray is a two-time pro bowler who just turned 26 years old. It may be a crazy thought to move on from Murray but if one team is not scared to do it, its the Cardinals. Arizona drafted Murray number one overall just one year after taking Josh Rosen number 10 overall. It was the right decision as Murray has turned out to be a much better quarterback than Rosen.

Murray has been very productive so far in his career but Caleb Williams may be a generational talent according to lots of NFL scouts. The Cardinals could trade Murray to a team that believes they are a quarterback away from being a contender. The Bucs and/or Los Angeles Rams may be in the market for a quarterback next year. Murray should be worth multiple draft picks including at least one first round pick.

This year may a rough one for Cardinals’ fans. It will be worth it if Arizona is willing to be bold and take the greatest quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.

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