Cardinals GM Says There is “Zero Chance” the Team Trades QB Kyler Murray

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in 2019
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in 2019. Photo by Sean Brown/CSM/Shutterstock (10511799z)

Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray keeps on pushing for a contract extension, but the Arizona Cardinals don’t seem eager to give him one just yet. However, this doesn’t mean the franchise isn’t committed to having Murray under center for years to come.

Speaking with reporters on Thursday, the Cardinals’ general manager Steve Keim said there is “zero chance” Murray gets traded despite the contract standoff.

“Nothing has changed in terms of him being our long-term and short-term quarterback,” said Keim.

Keim added that the franchise wants to take care of free agency and draft before engaging in detailed extension talks with the former first overall pick. He also pointed out that other NFL teams had the same approach when their own third-year QBs became eligible for extension. 

Kyler Murray recently raised some eyebrows when he removed all the Cardinals’ references from his social media accounts. It was soon revealed that he wanted a new deal with his agent, Erik Burkhardt, even sending out a detailed proposal to Arizona’s front office. However, the Cardinals are yet to blink.

There is no reason for the Cardinals to be in a hurry considering Murray has two more years left on his rookie deal. They also have a franchise tag as an option after that, which gives them a significant amount of leverage.

Murray was an MVP candidate early in 2021 but dropped out of the race later on due to injuries and inconsistent play. He finished the campaign with 3,787 passing yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 423 yards and five TDs.