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News that Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray He had a clause in his new contract that required four hours of “self-study” during game weeks, which caused quite a bit of talk in NFL circles.
And while The Cardinals announced Thursday night that this item was removed, it was still the main topic of conversation on Friday.
Kansas City Chiefs defender Patrick Mahomes was asked about his reaction to the clause and recent criticism of his play by Mahomes on Friday, and whether he thinks black quarterbacks are valued differently.
“I don’t want to go so far as to say that,” Mahomes told reporters on Friday.
“I mean, obviously the black quarterback had to fight to be in that position so we could have so many players in the league. And I think every day we prove that we should have played all the time. We have guys who think as well as they use their athleticism.
“It’s always weird when you see guys like me, Lamar. [Jackson]Kyler [Murray] kind of get that on them and the other guys don’t. But at the same time, we’re going to go out on the field and prove every day that we can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league.”
On Monday, anonymous NFL defensive coach called Mahomes’ style of play “streetball” in an NFL QB-rated article by The Athletic.
“We love Mahomes for his off-the-wall shots, not for his natural presence in the pocket,” an anonymous defensive player said, according to The Athletic. “And when that disappears, then they lose games. I don’t think it’s a unit. I think it’s a two. Nothing against this guy. he does? He runs, climbs and plays streetball.”
Mahomes wasn’t the only quarterback to react to the news of Murray’s contract. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he “raised his eyebrows” when he saw the clause.
“I think I just raised my eyebrows like this,” Rogers said during the demo. “It was a reaction. Yes, I was happy to see that he was getting paid. One thing I did see is that I think his average annual salary was around the Oakland Athletics salary cap, so I think he can definitely smile. knowing he made the right choice.”
Last week, Murray and the Cardinals agreed to a five-year, $230.5 million extension.
Paulina Dedage of Fox News contributed to this report.