Kyler Murray is staying put in the desert, and for a long time to come. Following a very public chagrin over his current contract, in the wake of quarterback megadeals raining from the NFL sky in 2022, the former first-round pick felt he deserved to be extended now and not later. He just received his wish, agreeing to terms on a five-year extension that totals six years in all, according to CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones, that will lock him in with the Cardinals through the 2028 season.
The extension itself has now been confirmed by the Cardinals.
The contract awarded to Murray is expectedly a massive one, per ESPN, paying him a total of $230.5 million with $160 million guaranteed — making him the second-highest paid quarterback behind only Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns.
Murray, 24, joined the Cardinals in 2019 as the first-overall pick, ushering in a new era in Arizona only one season after the team used a first-round pick on Josh Rosen, the latter now trying out for the Cleveland Browns and hoping to land on his sixth NFL team. With the reuniting of Murray with head coach Kliff Kingsbury at the NFL level, the two have led the Cardinals to being contenders in the NFC West, but there have been shortcomings in the postseason that brought question marks on the future of both.
But with Kingsbury and Murray now both locked in for the foreseeable future, the Cardinals have the HC/QB combo that will carry them toward the next decade.
This is a developing story.