Kyler Murray will be the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals for the foreseeable future. Murray and the Cardinals have agreed to the historic 5-year extension. The extension will pay the star quarterback $230.5 million and making him one of the highest-paid QBs in the league. With the new deal, Murray is signed with the Cardinals through the 2028 season. The deal includes $160 million guaranteed for injuries. Murray will take home a whopping $105 fully guaranteed after signing the deal. The $46.1 million annual salary is the highest and only trail Aaron Rodgers. The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner’s long-term future in Arizona became uncertain earlier this year after Murray scrubbed his Instagram page.
After the season, many people thought the Cardinals and Murray would parts ways. The Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim indicated there were zero chance Murray would be traded. They vowed that a long-term deal would eventually get worked out. There were even shot fired at Murray saying he lacked leadership. The former first overall pick from 2019 had his fifth-year option of his rookie deal picked up. Murray is the first player in NFL history with at least 70 passing touchdowns, 20 rushing touchdowns, 3,500 passing yards, 400 rushing yards and 17 games with a completion percentage of at least 70% in his first three seasons. His overall completion percentage of 66.86 is the best for a player in his first three seasons.
Murray led the Cardinals to a 7-0 start last season and arguably the frontrunner for MVP the first half of the season. He then missed three games because of an ankle injury, and Arizona went on to finish the season 4-6 and was blown out by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round.