NFL Annual Meeting: Cardinals’ Kliff Kingsbury weighs in on Kyler Murray’s future following agent’s statement

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury addressed QB Kyler Murray's contract demands and desire for an extension.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Kyler Murray wants the Arizona Cardinals to pay him like a premier franchise QB. And while pen hasn’t met paper on a market-setting contract extension, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury wants Murray, who still has two years left on his rookie deal, to stick around the desert for the foreseeable future.

Kliff Kingsbury weighs in on Kyler Murray’s future

Earlier this month, Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, released a lengthy statement about the QB’s desire for a new contract. Burkhardt said that “actions speak louder than words” in the NFL, and the Cardinals’ words weren’t matching their actions with Murray’s contract talks.

In the social media post, Burkhardt pointed out the correlation between Murray’s ascension and the Cardinals’ return to the playoffs this past year. With Murray’s demands being made public, the organization and the QB could seemingly be in for an awkward offseason.

Hope remains that everything works out

But Kingsbury, who spoke to the media on Tuesday during the league’s annual meeting, is hopeful everything will work out between the franchise and its starting QB.

“We are in a great spot with him,” Kingsbury said. “I know that [statement] was what it was, but nothing has changed from our end. … We’re excited about his future and want to make him an Arizona Cardinal for as long we can.”

Murray, who was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, has led the Cardinals to a 22-23-1 record during his three seasons in Arizona. While his tenure has had its ups and downs, including an early postseason exit in January, the Cardinals are clearly better with the QB than the alternative.

Murray is among the top young QBs in the league, and he wants to be paid as such. Despite his record as a starter, Murray has completed nearly 67% of his career passes for 11,470 yards, 70 touchdowns, and 34 interceptions. He’s also produced 1,786 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns during his trio of seasons.

Now, he wants to feel appreciated with a big payoff. Kingsbury, a former NFL QB, understands the QB’s desire for a big commitment, even if he has little control over contract negotiations.

“I think all of us want to feel wanted,” Kingsbury said. “You put so much time and effort working in this game, so that’s a big part of it. [Murray] knows how we feel about him, and I’m so excited to see what we can do with him moving forward.”

Mike Kaye is the Lead NFL Reporter for Pro Football Network. Follow him on Twitter: @mike_e_kaye.

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