Sport: Lincoln Riley reacts to Kyler Murray controversy

Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray after contract extension: 'I'm where I want to be'

  Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray after contract extension: 'I'm where I want to be' Once seemingly bound for a career in baseball, Kyler Murray cashed in on his football exploits, becoming the NFL's second highest-paid player.Murray spoke on Friday after signing a five-year, $230.5 million extension to remain with the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday. The fourth-year quarterback was asked if he could officially put baseball in the rearview.

Kyler Murray’s work ethic has been a topic of discussion in recent days but one person who doesn’t think the Arizona Cardinals quarterback needs to work harder is his former college football coach, Lincoln Riley.

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After a very protracted negotiation, the two sides agreed to terms on a massive contract extension that will keep the two-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the team through the 2028-29 NFL season. However, it was soon noted that there was an addendum in Murray’s contract that requires him to do four hours of “independent study” per game week.

The clause also said that Murray would have to do an “independent film study,” which is material provided by the team aside from the mandatory meeting throughout the week during the season.

Details on Kyler Murray's new contract extension with the Cardinals

  Details on Kyler Murray's new contract extension with the Cardinals Murray was guaranteed $104.3M at signing composed of a $29.04M signing bonus.Murray was guaranteed $104.3M at signing composed of a $29.04M signing bonus, the 2022 base salary of $965K, the 2023 base salary of $2M, the 2023 workout bonus of $1M, the 2023 option bonus of $36M, and $35.3M of the 2024 base salary worth $37M total. The rest of the $160M guaranteed amount is guaranteed for injury at signing and is fully guaranteed at certain dates. In March of 2024, the 2025 base salary of $18M fully guarantees. Murray also has a 2025 90-man offseason roster bonus of $11.9M guaranteed for injury at signing that fully guarantees in March of 2024. $26.

There was a strong reaction to the clause, which made some NFL fans wonder if Murray’s work ethic was so lacking that the team needed to require him to study harder. Murray lashed out at critics on Thursday for being disrespectful and the Cardinals announced they were removing the clause from the contract soon after, citing that it had become a distraction.

USC head coach Lincoln Riley was previously the head coach for the Oklahoma Sooners and he coached Murray there. Riley was asked on Friday during Pac-12 Media Days whether or not he ever worried about Kyler’s work ethic and his response was pretty definitive.

“Yes, I was concerned,” said Riley. “I was concerned he would burn himself out. He pushes the limits. He loves football. He loves to compete & win. I never worried about the amount of preparation he put in.”

Given the success that he’s seen on the field in college football and the NFL, it’s hard to argue with Murray’s efforts. And any concerns about his ability to perform at a high level might have to be chalked up to the unfortunate double-standard that many Black quarterbacks are faced with in spite of their success.

[Brett McMurphy]

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