Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has made this NFL offseason very interesting- and stressful- for the franchise. First, he made it a point to scrub his social media clean of anything Cardinals-related, which left the sports world to speculate on exactly what the two-time Pro Bowler meant by the move. Then, Murray released a statement through his agent, Erik Burkhardt, who also just so happens to represent Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, essentially demanding a new contract from the organization in the politest way possible. Kingsbury spoke to reporters while at the NFL’s Scouting Combine and addressed Murray’s bold contract demands, dropping a truth bomb on the matter, as reported by Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.
Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said he didn’t know yesterday’s statement was coming from Kyler Murray’s agent Erik Burkhardt, who also represents Kingsbury.
Kingsbury said he hasn’t talked to Murray since it came out. pic.twitter.com/RCkScb2JTc
— Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) March 1, 2022
That is a very surprising admission by Kliff Kingsbury. Not only did Kingsbury not know that Murray’s agent- also his own- released the statement, but he also said that he hasn’t spoken to the quarterback since.
Now, before Cardinals fans begin to panic, this doesn’t mean that Murray is leaving. However, it’s certainly odd that Murray’s agent would essentially go behind Kingsbury’s back to release this statement, forcing the organization’s hand.
The Cardinals want Murray back. Murray wants to be back in Arizona, albeit with a new contract in hand. Both Kingsbury and Murray seem to be committed to each other. So, for Murray to handle this situation in such a passive-aggressive way speaks volumes, especially when there’s seemingly no reason for him to do so.
The situation seems likely to end with a long-term deal for Murray. However, it’s very odd the way this was handled by the star quarterback and his agent.