Was the Marquise Brown trade made to keep Murray in Arizona?


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On the night of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals made a blockbuster trade with the Baltimore Ravens.

That trade was for wide receiver Marquise Brown, a former teammate of Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.

The trade would mark the second time in 2022 that a QB/WR college duo have been reunited.

The first came when Davante Adams went to Las Vegas to play with his former college quarterback, Derek Carr.

However, with this trade, and Murray previously in contract disputes with Arizona, was Brown brought in to keep Murray in Arizona?

It makes sense that they would get him his former teammate he wanted in 2019 when they were both in the NFL Draft.

But was their move made to keep him in Arizona?

The Cardinals picked up Murray’s fifth-year option just before the draft started

Before the Cardinals selected Murray’s fifth-year option, the two were at the end of the road with contract talks.

The star quarterback wanted more money, while the Cardinals made no offer to him.

However, the team decided to pick their fifth-year option before the start of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The move earns him just under $30 million for the 2023 season.

It also allowed the Cardinals to trade for Brown and have both players on the roster for 2022.

But Murray, agreeing to the deal a day before Brown’s trade, could signal he wanted something in return for that extension.

It also puts the team in a position where they may need to give both players long-term contracts next year.

However, if the two players want to stay in Arizona, they could find a solution together so that the Cardinal can afford them both.

It may be some time before fans get to see the next chapter in the contract negotiations saga with these two players.

Brown gives Murray a familiar face and another offensive weapon

The addition of Brown gives Murray another target in current receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

While his addition could have been to keep their quarterback, it also helps them add to their offensive weapons.

When Murray and Brown were teammates in 2018, they were 12-2 with the Oklahoma Sooners.

The star quarterback passed for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Brown had 1,318 receiving yards and ten touchdowns on 75 receptions.

With the pair reunited, Arizona hopes to rekindle the magic these two had in Oklahoma.

Is Brown’s addition to the Cardinals roster a Super Bowl contender?

Brown’s addition energizes an offense that was battered in the latter stages of the 2021 season.

However, the Cardinals need to work in other areas to become Super Bowl contenders in 2022.

The first is to make sure their star players stay healthy.

Arizona’s defense began to crumble after JJ Watt suffered an injury in Week 7.

They also failed to see Murray regain his MVP form after returning from an injury he suffered.

Hopkins also missed time with an injury in 2021.

So if the Cardinals want to fight in 2022, they need all those star players at 100% health for the season.




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