Sport: The Cardinals and Kyler Murray 'independent study' clause mess is so laughably bad

Jake Paul: Ravens' Lamar Jackson 'deserves' Kyler Murray money 'plus plus'

  Jake Paul: Ravens' Lamar Jackson 'deserves' Kyler Murray money 'plus plus' Kyler Murray just received a massive contract extension. Jake Paul wants a similar deal for Lamar Jackson.Murray and the Cardinals agreed on Thursday to a five-year, $230.5 million extension with $160 million guaranteed.

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Oh man. What a mess in Arizona.

And it’s one that I didn’t think could get any worse, but here we are.

Let’s take a look back for a second at Kyler Murray’s wacky offseason: In an attempt to get a huge extension, he scrubbed Cardinals references off Instagram. There were statements from him and a loooong one from his agent. Then, Murray restored the posts, he then got a massive extension and that ended an already-ridiculous chain of events.

Kyler Murray's 'study hall' clause is a bizarre move by the Cardinals, one that will now define both parties

  Kyler Murray's 'study hall' clause is a bizarre move by the Cardinals, one that will now define both parties Kyler Murray's 'study hall' clause is a bizarre move by the Cardinals, one that will now define both partiesAnd it’s not the $230.5 million total commitment in Kyler Murray’s record-setting deal. Nor is it the $160 million in guaranteed money or the $46.1 million average salary. All of those numbers had the league buzzing last week. But it’s another, much smaller number that had jaws hitting the floor on Monday.

But wait! Then there was that reported clause requiring him to study at least four hours a week.

Why give your star QB you’re investing so much in a REQUIREMENT that he has to study, something that by so many accounts isn’t in a typical quarterback contract?

The leaking of that info angered Murray — although he shouldn’t be mad at anyone but the Cardinals — with him basically calling out anyone who would question his work ethic (worth noting that in 2021 he said, via the New York Times, “I’m not one of those guys that’s going to sit there and kill myself watching film. I don’t sit there for 24 hours and break down this team and that team and watch every game because, in my head, I see so much.” OK!)

Now, the “independent study” clause is gone. But it’s way too late for that. Murray knows exactly how the franchise feels about him. Perhaps that fuels him and motivates him to watch more film, which would be an ideal outcome.

Cards QB Kyler Murray makes impromptu defense of work ethic

  Cards QB Kyler Murray makes impromptu defense of work ethic GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyler Murray burst through the locker room door Thursday morning, marched up to the podium for an impromptu media session, and declared that there have been no “shortcuts” to success during his football career, no matter what strange addendums are on his new contract. Then the Arizona Cardinals quarterback paused and grinned for a moment: “No pun intended." In a rare show of public emotion, the 5-foot-10 Murray vociferously defended his study habits a few days after the NFL Network reported there was a unique addendum to his $230.5 million, five-year contract that mandates at least four hours of “independent study” during game weeks each season.


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Here’s what I think is more likely: If he struggles, there will be A LOT of noise, filled with criticism. That may be too much for Murray to tune out. And suddenly, the Cardinals will have a massive problem on their hands, one they might have avoided if they hadn’t included the clause … or maybe if they traded him if they didn’t think he was studious enough.

If you’re anything but a Cardinals fan, this is just a laughable mess. And there’s probably more drama coming the moment Murray underperforms.

Quick hits: An inside-the-park HR off an outfielder’s face … Jimmy Butler’s extension jokes … and more.

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— Trey Mancini hit an inside-the-park homer that went off a Rays outfielder’s face.

— So many jokes about Jimmy Butler’s new extensions.

NFL world mocks Cardinals removing Kyler Murray’s ‘independent study’ clause

  NFL world mocks Cardinals removing Kyler Murray’s ‘independent study’ clause A few days after Kyler Murray signed a $230.5 million contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals, a strange clause from the contract was made public. A clause was included in Murray’s contract which requires that he complete four hours of “independent study” (film study, etc) per game week. Contracts are about give-and-take. One example from Read more The post NFL world mocks Cardinals removing Kyler Murray’s ‘independent study’ clause appeared first on The Comeback: Today’s Top Sports Stories & Reactions.

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The Cardinals removed the film study clause from Murray’s contract, but the Hall of Famer is apparently not ready to forget what the team did. © Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon. Murray and the Cardinals agreed on a five-year, $230.5M contract extension earlier in July. But news that Arizona included a clause requiring Murray to have four hours of independent study per week during the season stole the headlines.Moon called the now-removed clause “embarrassing” in a scathing response issued to TMZ Sports in an article published on Sunday.

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