“Independent Study” Clause From QB Kyler Murray’s Contract Removed

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

The “independent study” clause that the Arizona Cardinals put in Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray’s extension has caused quite a stir in recent days in the football world. So much so that the Cardinals announced on Thursday that they are removing it. 

According to Arizona’s official statement, the decision was made due to the “distraction” that the clause created.  

“It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended,” said the Cardinals. “Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it’s ever been, and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.”

Kyler Murray signed a five-year, $230.5 million contract earlier this week that made him the second-highest paid quarterback in the league in terms of annual salary. But shortly after, The Athletic reported that the agreement contained an unprecedented “independent clause.”

According to the clause, Murray had to spend four hours studying game films each week. This didn’t include team film studies, and he was required to pay full attention and not get distracted by other activities. Failure to comply would get him in breach of his contract.

The reports about the clause caused a significant backlash, with some accusing the Cardinals that they don’t trust their quarterback enough. Others believed it is another proof of Murray’s immaturity and unwillingness to put in the extra work.