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Arizona Cardinals and franchise quarterback Kyler Murray disagree after a season that began with a promise that ended with a bang in the first round of the playoffs.
Murray, who recently deleted any reference to the Cardinals from his Instagram account, is frustrated with the franchise, was embarrassed by the team’s 34-11 playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams and believes he has been made the scapegoat, sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
The Cardinals have their own concerns about Murray, with sources describing 2019 No. 1 overall choices as self-centered, immature and someone pointing fingers.
Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury is said to be self-scouting, where he can provide better alternatives to help Murray, according to sources. Meanwhile, selected veterans on the team are hoping to reach out to Murray on how the 24-year-old can better deal with adversity, sources said.
Former Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who played two years with Murray, was not sure what to make of the quarterback’s social media features, but said Tuesday he hopes the two sides get what they both want.
“I haven’t talked to Kyler in a while, but he looked good in the Pro Bowl, looked like he was having a great time and threw touchdowns out there,” Fitzgerald said Tuesday. “I just hope everything works the way both sides want it to work. That’s really what it’s about for me. I love Kyler, I love the Cardinals, and I want the best for everyone.”
Despite the grimace, the Cardinals expect things to calm down and Murray to become their quarterback in the present and the future.
Murray is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, but Arizona has until May 2 to pick up his fifth-year option. However, Murray is also entitled to negotiate a new deal now that he has completed his third season.
He is currently scheduled to earn a base salary of $ 965,000 by 2022, but with a $ 4.5 million list bonus fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year, Murray will take about $ 5.4 million home.
If Murray wants a new deal before his fourth NFL season, he will have a newer precedent to refer to. Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen received a $ 258 million six-year contract in early August before starting his fourth season.
In his three seasons in the NFL, Murray has been named Rookie of the Year and two Pro Bowls.
Information from ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss was used in this report.