A contract extension with the Arizona Cardinals for Kyler Murray could end up being for $ 280 million, according to a projection from Pro Football Focus.
Earlier this week, the site projected the quarterback’s extension with Arizona to be for six years and a total of $ 280 million.
It would include $ 155 million guaranteed, according to the projection.
“Murray has earned the highest PFF grade on throws of 20-plus yards in the NFL over the last two seasons with a 98.8 mark, and the Brown addition will go a long way in continuing that trend,” Pro Football Focus’ Brad Spielberger wrote . “All signs point to a deal eventually getting done, even as Murray drives a hard bargain at the negotiating table while looking for a deal that reflects the new quarterback market, where Aaron Rodgers is now the top earner at just over $ 50 million per year. “
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Those numbers would average about $ 46.7 million per season, making Murray one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers currently makes $ 50.3 million in average salary per year, while Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson is at $ 46 million.
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is at $ 45 million.
Murray is scheduled to make $ 5.5 million in salary this coming season, but he isn’t expected to agree to play for that price.
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In April, the Cardinals picked up Murray’s fifth-year option, which means Murray, the No.1 overall pick in the 2019 draft out of Oklahoma, now has a guaranteed salary of $ 29,703,000 for his fifth NFL season.
Though the Cardinals retain his rights for at least the next two years, the two sides can negotiate a new, long-term deal more in line with what some of the league’s top quarterbacks are earning.
Murray has not shown up at the team’s voluntary organized team activities this week as he continues to seek a new deal with Arizona.
Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim shed some light on the Kyler Murray contract situation on the Pat McAfee Show earlier this week.
“I just think it’s a timing thing, Pat,” Keim said. “Every quarterback that has done it before has done it from July to September. No different for us. I had to be prepared for the NFL draft, which requires a lot of hours of tape-watching. Free agency, at the same time. It’s not easy.Your time is really taken up in a lot of different directions and you have to prioritize it.We know that he is under contract for another year and also the fifth-year option and he is our future.We feel that way strongly and I feel like we’ll be able to get something done with summer. “
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