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Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim made it clear Thursday that any speculation that the franchise could swap quarterback Kyler Murray is just that.
Keim said there is “zero chance” he will swap Murray when asked Thursday.
Murray’s future in Arizona has been a topic since his agent, Erik Burkhardt, issued a statement last month explaining how a detailed contract proposal was sent to the team. Murray, the overall No. 1 in the 2019 draft, is eligible for an extension this offseason.
Keim noted Thursday that other third-year quarterbacks who have signed on to extensions, such as Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen, received their deals over the summer.
“The way we have approached it is that we have free agency, we have the draft, and then we will take a deep breath and in a way refocus,” Keim told reporters. “That’s the reason why every other player who’s been a third-year quarterback has been (extended) in the middle of summer or late summer. It’s no different for us.
“Nothing has changed compared to him being our long-term and short-term quarterback.”
Murray himself expressed on Thursday that he sees his future in Arizona in response to comments from former Cardinals Patrick Peterson and Chase Edmonds on the “All Things Covered” podcast that they thought Murray would seek an exit from the franchise because of the team’s culture.
“I want to win the Super Bowls with the Cardinals, AZ is at home,” Murray tweeted in response to the comments.
I want to win the Super Bowls with the Cardinals, AZ is at home. https://t.co/xwEw42uDBl
—Kyler Murray (@ K1) April 21, 2022
Keim said he has been in touch with Murray over the past week about the team’s draft plans.
“Yeah. He’s funny because he’s so passionate about the game, he’s a football junkie, and those are the kind of guys you like to have on your team,” he said.
He added: “I do not want to tell you what his wish list is, but … he has one.”
Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury also said he has been in contact with Murray.
“I think we both know how to keep it at a professional level. We’re just talking football. We’re talking about how we can get better, schematically. Xs and Os. He always wants to know about staff. Who we bring in who we “I try to sign, who we try to draw. But it’s about football, “he said.