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Would be a “surprise” Kyler Murray plays on rookie deal in 2022

Kyler Murray #1 of the Arizona Cardinals throws the ball in the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at SoFi Stadium on January 17, 2022 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Earlier this offseason, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and his agent made a social media post indicating the quarterback would like a new contract before the final year of his rookie deal. Unfortunately for Murray, the team did not step up to extend his contract and in turn, Murray’s agent rescinded the contract proposal he had put on the table, per Tom Pelissero.

According to Pelissero, the Cardinals still want to get a deal done, but with no negotiations ongoing, other NFL teams have taken notice. It doesn’t look like Murray will play on his rookie contract, so a deal must get done. The odds remain good that they get a deal done, but the idea of a trade can’t be negated out of hand. The NFL has shown us of late that if things aren’t working out, teams are going to be more willing to make a big move to change direction and get on the path they see as the most conducive to winning.