Kyler Murray's agent questions Arizona Cardinals' 'commitment' amid quiet NFL free agency
The Arizona Cardinals have had a pretty quiet start to NFL free agency.
Kyler Murray's agent, Erik Burkhardt, has noticed.
He appeared to question the team's "commitment" to winning in a recent tweet.
The tweet was sent out Thursday as a reply to a tweet about the Las Vegas Raiders trading for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams.
The tweet said: "Wait, so you’re telling me teams w (already) paid QBs can also pay: Highest paid WR, 2 highly paid DEs, one of highest paid OTs, highly paid TE, well paid RBs… and then also still REUP QB as one of the highest paid?! It’s a CHOICE. A choice to TRY to win. Or not. #Commitment"
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Burkhardt's tweet appears to be the latest move in an attempt to get the Cardinals to give Murray a new contract.
Earlier this month, he released a statement that shared the reasons his client should be given a contract extension in Arizona.
The statement read, in part: "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.
“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.
"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."
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Burkhardt's statement was slammed at the time, with many media members calling it a "ransom letter" and a "joke":
His tweet appearing to call out the Cardinals for not doing more in free agency (and not giving Murray a new contract) appears to be drawing negative reaction as well.
Last month, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said that Murray was a part of his team's "long-term plan."
"The window has just opened for a contract extension," Bidwill told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. "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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