Cardinals rip ‘homework’ clause in Kyler Murray’s contract after QB says it was ‘disrespectful’ and ‘a joke’

The Arizona Cardinals decided enough was enough with the controversial homework clause in by Kyler Murray contract, tearing up the clause this week. By NFL Networkthe clause was removed a day ago, hours before Murray ranted about the clause at his surprise press conference on Thursday.

Arizona released a statement following the decision.

“After seeing the distraction he created, we took the referendum out of the contract. He was clearly seen in a way that was never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is higher than it is. has ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.”

The Cardinals made a big commitment to Murray by signing the quarterback to a $230.5 million extension before training camp. The franchise raised eyebrows when reports revealed the deal included an unprecedented addendum requiring Murray to complete four hours of independent game study per week, implying that the Pro Bowler would not have been able to do it otherwise.

Murray sounded in the aftermath, calling an impromptu press conference on Thursday to criticize the subsequent discussion of his work ethic.

“I think there’s a need (to talk), with what’s been going on about me and the things that have been said about me,” Murray told reporters. “To think that I can achieve everything I’ve achieved in my career and not be a student of the game, and not have a passion and not take it seriously, is almost disrespectful, and it’s almost a joke. .”

“I’m flattered, I’m honestly flattered that at my size, (you believe) I can go out there and not prepare for the game and not take it seriously,” he continued. “It’s disrespectful to my peers, to all the great athletes and great players that are in this league. This game is too hard, to play the position I play in this league, it’s too hard (not to study) … It’s funny, but for those of you who believe that I would be here today, in front of all of you, with no work ethic and no preparation, I’m honored that you thought that, but this is not the case does not exist. It is not possible.

Murray added that it took “incomprehensible time, blood, sweat and tears” to become the Cardinals’ QB. He, however, declined to say whether he was upset that Arizona included the study clause in its contract, which he signed.

Nor did he refer to a previous New York Times report who quoted him minimizing the need for the study of cinema in the NFL“I’m not one of those guys who’s going to sit there and kill himself watching a movie,” Murray said last December. “I don’t sit there for 24 hours and break down this team and this team and watch every game because, in my head, I see so many things.”

It’s just the latest in a long line of drama related to Murray’s position with the Cardinals this offseason. The QB’s new contract ties him to Arizona until 2028 and makes him one of the highest paid players in the NFL. But it was only finalized after public and private tensions between the two parties. ESPN reported after the 2021 season that Cardinals management were concerned about Murray’s leadership, and the QB later deleted all Cardinals references from his social media, before his agent, Erik Burkhardt, essentially demanded a new one. contract for his client.

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