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Kyler Murray contract situation with Arizona Cardinals 'might not wind up getting better'

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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There appears to be a growing sense of pessimism for a quick or happy resolution to the Kyler Murray contract saga with the Arizona Cardinals.

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer wrote on Monday that "the Kyler Murray situation has potential to get worse before it gets better. And it might not wind up betting better."

Breer, in his MMQB column, said that Murray wants a new contract before the 2022 NFL draft, which begins on April 28.

He wrote: "There’d be a robust trade market if he were available now, with quarterback supply outweighed by demand. And Murray knows if a team trades for him, it’ll extend him, too. After the draft? Teams will have their quarterback plans set, so the market won’t be near what it is now. Which means if there’d be a time to push for a trade, it’d probably have to be before the end of April. A summer holdout would be tough given the strengthened rules to further punish players who stay away. And realistically it’s much harder for a quarterback than it is for a guy at any other position to draw a line in the sand once training camp starts and a team has to come together around its leaders. Now, I’m not necessarily saying that Murray will demand a trade. But I do think it’s on the table if things don’t go well over the next month or so. Add the leadership questions that have been raised about Murray in Arizona’s building—some see him as a sort of independent contractor, and this won’t help change that feeling—and the Cardinals definitely have an interesting few weeks ahead."

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Could the Kyler Murray situation with the Arizona Cardinals turn really ugly?

Breer isn't the only media member to think that the Cardinals' situation with Murray could turn really ugly.

Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd recently said that he actually thinks Murray could hold out, unlike Breer, and that "I'd be concerned if I was Arizona."

"This thing is uglier than you think," Cowherd said on his show, Fox Sports' The Herd with Colin Cowherd. "With Kyler Murray, there are some troubling things here. He’s an odd personality and sometimes immature with scrubbing social media."

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SB Nation's Walter Mitchell wrote about how the Kyler Murray situation was "extremely problematic."

He wrote: "While Budda Baker was being lifted out of an ambulance and rolled into an LA hospital on a gurney, Kyler Murray was on the Cardinals’ sidelines quitting on his teammates. This is why the absolute worst thing that the Cardinals could do RIGHT NOW is to reward Kyler Murray with a $45+M a year contract extension. The message that Kyler’s contract extension would send to Kyler’s teammates is that he can do no wrong (and even be rewarded) in the eyes of the owner, the GM and the head coach who have, according to some, rolled out the red carpet for Kyler way too soon. Kyler needs to mend the fences with his teammates before anyone should even talk about a contract extension. That is not going to happen overnight. And if Burkhardt’s ultimatum means that Kyler will demand to be traded, well then, we know that Kyler already has one foot out the door, just as he did on the sidelines in LA."

How will Murray's situation with the Cardinals end?

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Reach Jeremy Cluff at jeremy.cluff@arizonarepublic.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jeremy_Cluff.

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