Kyler Murray part of Arizona Cardinals' long-term plan, owner Michael Bidwill says

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill discussed the relationship between his NFL team and its franchise quarterback, Kyler Murray, in an interview on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday.

Bidwill addressed Murray's contract situation, his social media decisions and more in the interview on The Bickley and Marotta Show.

Speculation has surrounded the quarterback and his contract with Arizona since he scrubbed his Instagram account of Cardinals-related content earlier this month.

"The window has just opened for a contract extension," Bidwill told Dan Bickley and Vince Marotta. "Certainly he's part of our long-term plan.  These contracts, especially the quarterback contracts, are very complicated. Most of the big ones are down further down the road, I think Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen were done in the summer time.  Others were done in the summer time.  So we’ve got time but they’re complicated. We also have other priorities. Free agency starts here in just a couple of weeks as well as we’ve got to get some guys re-signed. The salary cap is all one big pie and you are making room for a new piece of the pie that is going to replace the rookie contract. Again, the structure of it, the timing of it, it's a complicated process and it takes some time. In the meantime we've got to get some key free agents re-signed. There are going to be some other free agents out there that you'll need to ask Steve about the specifics around what he plans to do, but I know we are going to be aggressive and I know Kyler is a part of our long-term plan."

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Trade speculation and rumors have swirled around Murray since the social media antics, but Bidwill, in the interview, was adamant about Murray's future with the Cardinals and his potential to improve.

Bidwill said he's had "good conversations non-stop" with the quarterback.

"I spoke to him last night. We’ve had good conversations non-stop," Bidwill said. "I’m not a social media guy, so I don't know the nuances of some of the stuff but I think there was a lot of interpretation around that that was inconsistent with the conversations that not just I have had, but I know Kliff (Kingsbury) Steve (Keim) have had, positive conversations that are going in the right direction. We know we’ve got to get better.

"You saw that Kyler put out a statement — 'love me or hate me' I think were his terms, you know 'I'm going to get better.' Put me in the category of I love him and I know he’s going to get better."

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Murray threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, with 10 passes intercepted.

Bidwill said he was excited to see how much the quarterback could improve with a full offseason.

"I think, when you look at it, this offseason is going to be really important," the Cardinals owner said. "He's gotten better every year and I know with a full offseason, he's going to get a lot better this year and I am excited about that."

When asked how Murray's support system could improve, Bidwill replied:

"We're never going to stop pursuing ideas to get better, but when you look at where we were going into the season, at 7-0 and 10-2 and he was in the MVP conversation and then we started having injuries," he said. "I think we were doing a lot of things right, he was doing a lot of things right,  but there's no doubt that there are other areas where we will change some things up. Looking at the home record, we are going to be doing things with every part of our operation as we look to 2022."

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On Thursday, a report from the NFL Network's Jane Slater reported that "everything is copacetic" in Arizona between the Cardinals and Murray and Bidwill's interview on 98.7 FM Friday seemed to reinforce that.

"I think it is good, you'll need to ask those two about it," Bidwill said when asked about the relationship between Murray and head coach Kliff Kingsbury. "I think it is very good. The conversations have continued to go on in the offseason or in the last few weeks since  the season ended, it's only been about four or five weeks. We've got a bright future together. Kliff, Kyler, Steve, all of us have got to make great contributions as we go forward. I know that they've got a great relationship."

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