Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray slammed for agent's statement: 'Ransom letter,' 'joke'

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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The agent for Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray released a statement on Monday that appeared to try to sway public opinion about Murray getting a new contract in the direction of his client.

If that indeed was the intent, it appears to have backfired.

The statement, from Murray's agent Erik Burkhardt, said that "Kyler wants to be direct with loyal Arizona Cardinal fans and the great community of the valley in stating his two very important goals and objectives: 1. He absolutely wants to be your long term quarterback. 2. He desperately wants to win the Super Bowl.”

It then went on to discuss Murray's improvement and lay out the reasons why the quarterback should be given a big contract with the Cardinals, appearing to put the onus on the Cardinals.

“Actions speak much louder than words in this volatile business," the statement said. "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."

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Many media members slammed the statement on social media, calling the statement a "ransom letter" and a "joke":

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Not everyone slammed Murray for the statement from his agent, however, arguing that the Cardinals just needed to go ahead and pay their franchise QB:

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Nov 21, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) plays catch during pregame warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field.

As for the court of public opinion on Murray's contract, that could still be up for debate:

30% of responders in an azcentral sports Twitter poll voted that that team should give him a new contract as soon as possible, but 32.5% voted that the Cardinals should wait and revisit the issue at the end of the upcoming season.

27.4% are evidently ready for the Cardinals to part ways with Murray. They responded that the team should trade him as soon as possible.

10.1% of voters voted that Arizona should exercise its option on the quarterback for the 2023 season.

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What do you make of the quarterback's statement and his ongoing saga with the Arizona Cardinals now?

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