Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray worth more than $43 million per season in NFL market value
Kyler Murray wants a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
He deserves one, according to a chart that tracks the market value of NFL players.
Spotrac.com's NFL Market Value list of NFL players puts the quarterback's worth at $43,008,737 per year, which is third among NFL players that are due to become free agents through 2026.
Only the Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers ($46,368,611) and the Baltimore Ravens' Lamar Jackson ($43,125,544) are above the Cardinals QB on the list.
Quarterbacks dominate the top of the list, with the Top 11 players on the market value chart playing the position.
The Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson comes in fourth at $42,607,275, followed by the Los Angeles Chargers' Justin Herbert at $42,544,756.
Even quarterbacks that are widely considered as lower-tier QBs are high on the list, with Tua Tagovailoa of the Miami Dolphins coming at in No. 10 with an average annual market value of $33,420,151.
The Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield, a QB in which many have compared Murray's situation, is No. 11 at $31,893,791.
The highest paid QB in the NFL is the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes, who makes $45 million in average salary per season.
The Top 10 quarterbacks in the league all make at least $30 million per season, with the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan No. 10 at $30 million.
Murray made $8.8 million in 2021 and is set to make almost $11.4 million in 2022.
On Monday, his agent released a statement detailing why the Cardinals should give Murray a new contact and calling on the Cardinals to do so.
The statement said, in part: "Looking ahead, Kyler believes that in order to consistently compete for championships, and ultimately deliver the Valley their first super bowl in 33+ years, there needs to be long term stability for both the organization and himself. To overtly communicate Kyler's desire to be the Cardinals long term QB, we sent a detailed contract proposal to the organization. It was important to Kyler that his proposal reflected all of the following: Provides financial protection, is in-line with the current QB market that compares his results alongside relevant comps, lowers his 2022-23 salary camp number to allow the cardinals to re-sign other deserving teammates and add additional free agents, and most importantly represents a real commitment from the organization to see if their ultimate goals align with 2 above (consistently competing for championships and Kyler being their QB)."
“Actions speak much louder than words in this volatile business. It is now simply up to the Cardinals to decide if they prioritize their rapidly improving, 24-year-old, already 2x Pro Bowl QB, who led the organization from 3 wins before his arrival to 11-wins and their first playoff appearance in 5 years, or rather, if they choose to financially prioritize committing to other areas and continuing to merely talk about addressing Kyler's long term future as their QB. Unfortunately, every player, coach, and executive in the NFL knows (or should know that words and hypothetical contractual promises are regularly dismissed and fleeting in this business.
"Kyler remains hopeful that the organization (chooses) to commit so that he can continue leading the Cardinals to further success and value for many years to come."
Murray is under contract in Arizona this season and the Cardinals hold an option for him in 2023.
Fox Sports Radio's Colin Cowherd recently said that he thinks the Cardinals have no choice but to pay Murray.
"He wants to get paid and I think you have to pay him," Cowherd said. "And I think it helps him that he is in the SEC of the NFL, the NFC West … They are about six guys on the planet as good as Kyler Murray, you have to pay him. Drama? It's the new reality for star quarterbacks."
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