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Kyler Murray advised to leave Arizona Cardinals: 'Just skip to the end of the movie'

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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As the Kyler Murray saga with the Arizona Cardinals continues, many NFL sports personalities have shared bits of advice with the quarterback on their sports talk radio and television shows.

One bit of advice really caught our eye.

One sports host thinks that Murray should leave the Cardinals.

Kevin Wildes, of FS1's First Things First show, offered the advice earlier this week, saying Murray should follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady and others.

"I saw the beginning of the movie, now I'd like to jump to the end, which is you leaving Arizona," Wildes said of Murray. "Just pack your bags and leave. And I know everyone is saying 'Wildes, wow, you're really jumping to the furthest most extreme.' Yeah, I am because we are in the Golden Age of 'if this is not working for me, I'm out and I'm going to find success.' It worked for Tom Brady, it worked from Gronkowski. It worked for Odell, it worked for Matthew Stafford. Why wouldn't it work for Kyler?

"Let's think. There are teams out there that are a quarterback away, specifically the Broncos, maybe you can go back to the Bucs, if Tom Brady's 'retirement' holds. If I was Kyler, I would say, you know what? This isn't a fit for me. Obviously I'm deleting my Instagram (posts), I'm having to put out statements and the last time I had a situation that wasn't right for me, I transferred out of Texas A&M, I went to Oklahoma and I ended up winning the Heisman Trophy. … I think Kyler should just skip to the end of the movie and leave Arizona."

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A couple of Wildes' co-hosts on the show did not agree.

Nick Wright brought up the high cost a team would have to pay for acquiring Murray, should Murray want out of Arizona.

"You're going to have to trade probably three first-round picks and then you are going to have to give him the Josh Allen contract," Wright said. "He went No. 1 overall, you don't think you'd have to trade three first-round picks for him? I do. … Whatever the price is, you have to do that, and then you have to do what the team that currently has him clearly does not want to do, which is the root of all of this: pay him immediately. I'm not interested in that. Are you certain Kyler Murray is a $40 million a year quarterback? The Cardinals aren't."

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Chris Broussard explained why he thought Murray needed to ride things out in Arizona.

He said: "Kyler Murray needs to stay put in Arizona. ... I actually think publicly, Kliff Kingsbury is catching most of the heat. It's not about Kyler …  Most of it is about the coach, Kingsbury, because he does it every year dating back to college. . If I'm Arizona, I smooth this over with Kyler. I'm not thinking about moving on from him, nor am I thinking about giving him an extension. Not yet. These three year extensions … they don't work."

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Other NFL personalities had their own advice for Murray in the midst of the ongoing saga, although none of it was quite as extreme as finding a way out of Arizona.

NFL Media's Jim Trotter said that Murray needed to become more of a leader.

He said: "He is a very good quarterback, he's extremely talented, but he is not a great quarterback at this point. Great quarterbacks raise the play of those around him. Kyler has not done that at this point in his career. … Some of his teammates and people in the organization still don't know who he is because his personality is not such that he reaches out in that way."

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NFL personalities have advice for quarterback Kyler Murray and one of them thinks that he should leave the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport also discussed the need for Murray to elevate his teammates.

"It is pretty evident that he is their franchise guy, but it's not just about playing," Rapoport said. "The quarterback position doesn't exist in a vacuum. We've seen some of the great ones … elevating their teammates and making everyone feel that they are important."

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Former NFL player Warren Sapp said that Murray shouldn't let his timeline become his lifeline, in an interview on the Rich Eisen Show.

"This is the best of the best, a run for the championship, and that is the performance that you put up?," he said of Murray in the playoffs. "Then you want to scrape your Instagram of the Cardinals? Maybe the Cardinals need to wipe themselves of you, son. Cause evidently you ain't on the right program. You don't do that out in the open like that."

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Fox Sport Radio's Dan Patrick said that Murray had to learn to take the criticism.

"Kyler Murray is shaking off the critical coverage. He brought about the critical coverage because he scrubbed his social media accounts … Someone has to tell Kyler Murray this goes along with the territory, the highs and the lows. Every quarterback is a scapegoat," Patrick said on The Dan Patrick Show. "You're the No. 1 pick in the draft. There's expectations. You won a Heisman Trophy … This is what he signed up for.  If he doesn't scrub his Instagram account we are not talking about Kyler Murray right now … This is about money. He wants to get the Josh Allen treatment. Well, he's not Josh Allen."

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ESPN's Jeff Saturday took issues with Murray's social-media antics.

He said on Get Up!: "If three years into our marriage [my wife] scrubbed me from her social media, bro? We're freakin' done dude! … If you scrub me off of everything after a three-year relationship, we've got issues. It ain't we've got a little bit of a beef, we're just starting. He's got his old girlfriends in his picture. Like those are his old girls, Oklahoma … and now he ain't got his new girl, his real girl on."

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What advice would you give the Arizona Cardinals quarterback?

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