Cardinals QB Kyler Murray’s massive new contract includes four hours of “independent study” per week


The Cardinals’ $230.5 million investment in Kyler Murray is largely due to their belief in what he will do on the field over the next five years. The Cardinals, based on a unique supplement to his contract, count on Murray to be a leader as far as preparing for the game is concerned.

The addition in Murray’s new contract requires four hours of independent study per week (h/t NFL Network) from the start of the regular season until the Cardinals’ final match of the 2022 season (including post-season). An independent study is defined as Murray’s study of material submitted by the Cardinals in preparation for the upcoming game.

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Murray won’t get credit for completing his independent study if he wasn’t studying or watching the material in person while it was playing on his machine, or if he was doing something else that might distract him from studying the material. Examples include watching TV, playing video games, and surfing the Internet, provided they are classified as distractions.

The addition reinforces the Cardinals’ desire to see Murray develop as a captain, both on the field and in the locker room. It also shows the franchise’s eagerness to get past the Wild Card Tour in the playoffs for the first time since 2015. The Cardinal ended a six-year drought in the playoffs last year before dropping to eventual champion Rams in the Wild Card Tour.

The extra attention to detail will only enhance the Murray game. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray quickly blossomed into one of the premier league’s quarterbacks. In 2020, Murray joined Cordell Stewart Cam Newton is the only player in league history to throw at least 20 touchdowns and run at least 10 more in the same season.

Murray faces a unique challenge this year after his top receiver DeAndre Hopkins was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. During Hopkins’ exit, expect Murray to lean more on Marquis Brown, the former wide Ravens acquired by trade with Baltimore during the 2022 NFL Draft.

The legion of future Cardinals also includes former Pro Bowler AJ Green, three-time Pro Bowl tight end Zach Ertz and Rondale Moore in the second year, and back James Conner, who picked up 37 of 39 goals during his first year in Arizona.

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