Kyler Murray originally signed a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals with a clause adding that he had to study four hours of film per week, but his team has now removed the requirement; “This was clearly perceived in a way that was never intended,” they said in a statement.
Last update: 29/07/22 08:20
The Arizona Cardinals have removed a one-time clause from quarterback Kyler Murray’s lucrative new contract that mandated four hours of independent film study per week, saying in a statement late Thursday that it caused an unintended “distraction” for the ‘crew.
Murray this month signed a five-year contract worth a maximum of $230.5 million with $160 million guaranteed. Reports emerged that the deal included the “independent study addendum”, which Murray was asked about on Thursday as stories about commitment and professionalism grew.
“After seeing the distraction this has created, we have removed the endorsement from the contract,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “It was clearly seen in a way that was never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is higher than it has ever been and nothing demonstrates our confidence in his ability to lead this team more than commitment reflected in this contract.”
Earlier Thursday, Murray didn’t respond when asked if he was bothered by the Cardinals adding the clause to the contract.
“There are many different ways to watch a movie. Of course, we all watch a movie,” Murray said, speaking to the media on a day when there were no plans for press access to share his stance. . “That doesn’t need to be questioned. I refuse to have my work ethic and my preparation questioned. I’ve dedicated an incomprehensible amount of time to what I do.”
With the Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning said he watched three hours of film each day before practice during the regular season. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said last season that he invests at least 10 hours a week to break down video of his performances and upcoming opponents.
Murray’s five-year contract stipulated that he was to begin weekly film study on the first Monday following the end of training camp and continue each week until Arizona’s last game of the season, the weeks of leave being the only exception.
Murray didn’t estimate how much time he spends with the clicker, calling the current conversation around his work habits “disrespectful.”
Murray agreed to a five-year, $230.5 million extension with the Arizona Cardinals, making him the second-highest-paid quarterback a year.
“To think that I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished in my career and not be a student of the game, not have that passion, not take that seriously, it’s almost disrespectful,” he said. declared. “It’s almost a joke. For me…I’m flattered (someone) to think that at my size I can go out there and not prepare for the game and take it seriously. to play the position I play in this league, it’s hard. It’s too hard (not to study).”
The addendum would have started this season and lasted until 2028, when the Cardinals can choose a club option.
According to the clause, Murray would have been required to study “material provided to him by the Club in order to prepare for the Club’s next upcoming match”.
No credit would have been given for independent study if Murray had not “personally studied or viewed the material while it was being displayed or played” in instances where he was using an iPad or other type of electronic device, in accordance with the contract. If Murray simultaneously did something else that distracted him while the movie was playing, he wouldn’t get credit either.
If Murray hadn’t recorded his weekly four hours of independent film study, he would have been deemed “at fault”.
Murray, 24, threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. He went 9-5 in his 14 starts and was named to his second straight Pro Bowl.