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Why Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is the 'perfect trade target' right now

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The Kyler Murray saga continues with the Arizona Cardinals and so does the speculation that Arizona could potentially trade their young quarterback.

NFL.com's Adam Rank recently listed five big-name players who could be traded this offseason and he led his list off with Murray.

Would Arizona really trade their young franchise quarterback?

Rank explained why he thought it could.

"Hear me out," he wrote. "Kyler is the perfect trade target right now. Obviously, there is going to be a lot of speculation about guys like Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers being on the move this spring. I don't see either of those guys relocating. The Seahawks would be crazy to part with Wilson. I mean, if you had to choose between one of the premier quarterbacks in the NFL or a 70-year-old coach, call me nuts, but I'm leaning toward the quarterback. Especially one who still has a number of years left. The Packers would be similarly crazy to get rid of Rodgers. Also, I'm sure Rodgers is savvy enough to know that he's not getting dealt to an NFC team. And with how stacked the AFC is, he would be better off staying put."

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Murray and the Cardinals have dominated NFL offseason chatter since before the Super Bowl after the quarterback scrubbed references to Arizona on his Instagram account.

While it seems highly unlikely Arizona would deal Murraywho is still under contract for 2022 with Arizona able to exercise a fifth-year option for 2023 -  that hasn't stopped speculation that Murray could be traded, with Rank's story among the latest.

"I like Kyler to move because the Cardinals won games without him last year," Rank wrote of why he thought Arizona could trade its young quarterback. "He would bring in a huge bounty of picks. I know there are some growing rumblings between the Cardinals and Murray, and he's still young enough to bolt to the Oakland A's if he wants to. But imagine the Vikings making a move with veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins (and his expiring contract) for Murray. Washington would make a lot of sense, too. To me, it's very similar to what Jay Cutler went through with the Broncos years ago."

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An NFL writer explained why he thinks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray could get traded in the 2022 NFL offseason.

Murray was the only quarterback listed on Rank's list of NFL players who should be traded this offseason, joining the New York Giants' Saquon Barkley, the New England Patriots' N'Keal Harry, the Las Vegas Raiders' Clelin Ferrell and the Washington Commanders' Landon Collins.

He's not the only writer to speculate about Murray being traded.

For the Win recently listed Murray among 11 NFL quarterbacks who could change teams, calling Murray a name "to keep an eye on."

Some have speculated that Arizona could trade Murray for another QB, along with draft picks.

Jalen Hurts of the Philadelphia Eagles, Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans and Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders have been mentioned as potential trade possibilities with the Cardinals for Murray.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, Indianapolis Colts and Washington Commanders were listed in trade odds for Murray's next NFL team.

An NFL mock draft from CBS Sports had the Cardinals trading Murray to the Browns for Mayfield and a first-round pick.

Speculation surrounds Murray and his contract situation with the Cardinals and it will likely continue throughout the offseason. USA TODAY Sports even listed Murray's situation in Arizona as one of the biggest NFL offseason story lines.

How will it all play out?

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