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Kyler Murray reposts Cardinals photos on his Instagram account amid contract demands

Dana Scott
Arizona Republic
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Kyler Murray has returned to Instagram and reposted a bevy of his Cardinals photos among the 371 total on his K1 account Tuesday.

It's the latest move in the star quarterback's social media watch after Murray's scrubbed his account of in-game photos with his Arizona teammates and in his Cardinals uniform one month ago.

Murray initially remove the Cardinals photos down to just two on his photo gallery after the Pro Bowl on Feb. 6.

The remaining photos were: Murray with former Oklahoma Sooners teammate and Dallas Cowboys wideout CeeDee Lamb when they played together that day on the NFC's All-Star team; the other was Murray in his Oklahoma Sooners college uniform when he won the Heisman trophy in Dec. 2018.

Murray's social media scrub caused an stir in the media about his relationship with the Cardinals thereafter. Many had speculated his actions to be a strong-arm attempt for a lucrative contract extension entering the fourth season of his rookie deal.

Jan 17, 2022; Los Angeles, California, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up before the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams.

The Cardinals poked fun at the situation in response to Murray's scrub-and-snub by scrubbing the team's own Instagram account and followed him on Instagram five days later, and released a statement supporting Murray star on Feb. 13.

Murray tweeted and posted his response on Instagram about the social media snafu the following day seemingly in reaction to an ESPN report by NFL insider Chris Mortensen, which called Murray as "self-centered, immature and someone who points fingers." 

“I play this game for the love of it, my teammates, everyone who has helped me get to this position that believed in me & to win championships,” Murray wrote. “All of this nonsense is not what I’m about, never has been, never will be. Anyone who has ever stepped between those lines with me knows how hard I go.

“Love me or hate me but I’m going to continue to grow and get better.”

Two weeks later, the speculators about Murray's potential contract extension demands were vindicated by Murray's agent Erik Burkhardt when he tweeted a lengthy statement about his client's demands.

The final paragraph in Burkhardt's letter said. “Actions speak much louder than words in this volatile business," putting the ball in the Cardinals court to decide how they will move forward with Murray.

After Murray was the 2019 draft's No. 1 overall pick, Murray earned the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, two Pro Bowl selections since 2020, helped lead the Cardinals to an 11-6 record during the 2021 regular season, and their first playoff appearance in six years in January.

Following Tuesday's blockbuster trade of Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos, Burkhardt tweeted again about the importance of an organization's commitment to a franchise quarterback in order to compete for championships. 

"Again, you either have a franchise QB, or you don’t. And if you don’t, none of the other pieces matter much in the end," Burkhardt said. 

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