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Podcast: Yes, the Cardinals needed to pay Kyler Murray
Training camps are... open! That homework clause in the contract is odd, but we explain why Arizona had to lock Murray up long term. He's worth every penny in the NFL's new world order.
The alternative is essentially diving into a back-alley dumpster on a Sunday afternoon for 17 weeks.
Sure, the Arizona Cardinals could’ve pursued another quarterback. Maybe one that doesn’t need some sort of “homework” clause in his contract. But it comes with a price, and that price will probably get everybody fired. The Cardinals absolutely needed to dole out this five-year, 230.5 million contract to their former No. 1 overall pick. And that’s OK. Murray is a special talent and a much harder worker than the news of the week may suggest.
On the Go Long Podcast with longtime NFL personnel man Jim Monos, we dissect the two names atop the training camp headlines: Murray and Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson. Both possess strikingly unique play styles at the position and both are under fire for different reasons this week. As reported, the Cardinals are mandating Murray put in four hours of weekly film study on his own. Strange to say the least. Meanwhile, Jackson was thoroughly ripped by one anonymous defensive coordinator in Mike Sando’s annual QB tier story at The Athletic.
Neither quarterback plays like the greats that came before them.
But nobody should be surprised if one of them is a Super Bowl champion, either.
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