The Arizona Cardinals have endured a roller coaster of an NFL offseason with star quarterback Kyler Murray. Murray, who has one-year remaining on his rookie deal with the franchise, is seeking a payday after making the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons while helping the Cardinals steadily improve. However, his tactics have been sneaky, as he removed all Cardinals-related items from his social media pages, then released a statement through his agent basically- firmly- putting the contract ball in Arizona's court. The drama raged on to the point where a Murray trade even became a possibility. Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic and Sports Illustrated report an important decision that the organization plans to make with Murray.

The Cardinals are picking up Kyler Murray’s fifth-year option by the May 2 deadline, according to The Arizona Republic’s Bob McManaman.

The Cardinals have elected to pick up the fifth-year option on Murray's contract ahead of the May 2 deadline. This year's fifth-year option applies to 2019 first-rounders who made two or more Pro Bowls in their first three seasons, which applies to the Cardinals star this NFL offseason.

Murray stands to make about $28 million, or the franchise tag salary for quarterbacks, in 2023. He is still expected to come to an agreement with the Cardinals on a long-term deal, though picking up the option buys the team more time to work on said contract.

It also makes a Murray trade even more less likely, as the Cardinals seem to be committing themselves more to the Oklahoma product's future with this key decision.

Of course, this NFL offseason has shown that anything can happen. However, the Cardinals and Murray are certainly in a better place than they were several weeks ago.

That is a positive sign for the franchise and its fans.