Kyler Murray’s Cardinals Contract Renewal Includes An Interesting Nugget

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Kyler Murray has signed a massive contract extension with Arizona Cardinals last week, and he will remain with the organization that selected him for the next five years.

The agreement included one interesting detail, as the NFL Network pointed out on Monday, “an independent research clause.”

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May 7, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray at UFC 274 at the Footprint Center.

May 7, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray at UFC 274 at the Footprint Center.
(Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)

Deal make Murray independently study a feature film for at least four hours per game week. Teams can see if players are studying and watching movies on their tablets. Murray could potentially run out of guaranteed money if he doesn’t comply with the study’s requirements.

Murray officially signed the contract on Monday. The deal is reportedly worth $230.5 million with $160 million guaranteed.

January 2, 2022;  Arlington, Texas, USA;  Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) comes out in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.

January 2, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) comes out in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium.
(Tim Heitman, USA TODAY Sports)

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The deal took place just at the start of Murray’s fourth season with the Cardinals. He made his first playoff appearance in the 2021 season after an 11–6 season.

The team lost to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wildcard round 34–11. The Rams won the Super Bowl.

Murray was number one. one overall pick in the 2019 Cardinals draft. That season, he was the best rookie on offense. He made two Pro Bowl appearances in three full years.

FILE - Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray throws a pass as he takes part in practice at the NFL's training ground on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona.

FILE – Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray throws a pass as he takes part in practice at the NFL’s training ground on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 in Tempe, Arizona.
(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

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In 46 games, he threw for 11,480 yards with 70 touchdown passes and 48 interceptions.