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Will Kyler Murray drama quiet down after J.J. Watt's Arizona Cardinals workout video?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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Is the drama with Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals finally dying down?

A social media post from J.J. Watt might have helped quiet some of the talk surrounding the quarterback and the team on Tuesday.

Watt posted a brief video clip of Murray working out at the Arizona Cardinals' facility in Tempe, with strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris making an appearance in the background.

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Cards Wire's Jess Root speculated about what the video could mean.

"J.J. Watt wants everyone to know that things are not that bad between the Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray," he wrote. "While the offseason has been marred so far with talk of a conflict about a potential contract extension and questions about Murray’s maturity and future with the team, some have believed that Murray would hold out without a new contract. However, he himself said that he was focusing on football and getting better. His actions match that. Would a player intending on holding out be at the team facility working out before the offseason program begins? Probably not."

He added: "While we all crave a little drama, it appears that perhaps come of this might have been either fabricated or overdone."

Interestingly, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury had this to say about Murray and the organization from the NFL's annual meeting on Tuesday: “We’re in a good place," Kingsbury said, via Pro Football Talk. "That’s the business side of it. I stay out of his things for the most part. But as far as our relationship, it’s always been great. And we see him as the long-term future and I know he feels the same way.”

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Could a video of Kyler Murray working out with J.J. Watt help quiet some the speculation surrounding the Arizona Cardinals quarterback?

There has been a lot of drama surrounding Murray and the Cardinals this offseason, including Murray's agent questioning the Cardinals' "commitment" to winning earlier this month in a tweet about the Las Vegas Raiders trading for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, a tweet that appeared to be the latest move in an attempt to get his client a new contract.

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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Murray's agent also released a statement earlier this month 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."

Does Watt's video show that the quarterback and the team are in a "good place" right now?

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