Kyler Murray’s new contract extension reportedly contains a clause that requires the quarterback to study the film for at least four hours a week during the season.
The news was first reported by the NFL Network. A source familiar with the contract later confirmed the story to ESPN.
Murray, the top pick in the 2019 draft, signed a five-year, $230 million extension with the Arizona Cardinals last week. According to ESPN, if he fails to consider the required amount of the film, he will be “considered falling behind” on his contract. The item is valid from the start of this season until 2028.
The contract requires the 24-year-old to study “materials given to him by the club in order to prepare for the club’s next match”. Time spent in mandatory team meetings does not count towards its four hours and he must “study the material submitted in person in good faith”.
The clause also states that Murray will not be given credit if he fails to pay attention to the movie while it is playing on his tablet, or if he plays video games, surfs the Internet or watches TV during study sessions.
Teams regularly include clauses in players’ contracts that require them to reach certain weight or fitness goals. However, the film’s clause in Murray’s contract is believed to be the first of its kind.
Murray was far from failing in his first three seasons in Arizona. Named in the Pro Bowl twice, he was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 2019 and helped guide his team to the playoffs last season.
However, the Cardinal lost four of his last five regular season games in 2021, and it was reported that Arizona wanted Murray to work on his maturity and leadership. In a profile in the New York Times in December 2021, Murray admitted that he did not spend much time in the movie room.
“I think I was lucky with the cognitive skills to go out there and watch it before it happened,” Murray told The Times. “I’m not one of those guys who would just sit there and kill myself watching a movie. I don’t sit there for 24 hours and I smash this team and this team and I watch every game because, in my head, I see a lot.”
In February, the midfielder released a statement on social media saying, “Love me or hate me, but I will continue to grow and improve.”