Is Kyler Murray still a part of the Arizona Cardinals’ future plans?
Kyler Murray’s future with the Arizona Cardinals remains uncertain as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, and it appears that the team has not made any definitive decisions regarding their star quarterback.
In an insider column published on Friday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano revealed that conversations with various sources have left him with the impression that the Cardinals are unsure about retaining Murray beyond the 2023 season.
When exactly the Cardinals will activate Murray remains one of the league’s most intriguing mysteries — not just because Murray is recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered last December, but also because his long-term future with the franchise is at least as interesting a question as his short-term outlook.
Furthermore, the team has not established a timetable for Murray’s return to playing condition. Should Murray remain sidelined for the entire season, trading him would become a more challenging proposition.
As Graziano points out, other teams are unlikely to offer valuable assets in a trade for Murray if he does not participate in any games this season. Nevertheless, executives and agents from outside the Cardinals’ organization view it as “likely” that Murray will find himself playing for a different team in 2024.
One theory posits that the Cardinals might keep Murray out for the entire season to safeguard their financial interests. The key question is whether they can persuade other teams that the former first overall pick is in good health even if he does not see action this year.
Despite getting relatively consistent performance from quarterback Josh Dobbs this season, the Cardinals have posted a 1-3 record. If Murray does not return, they may find themselves in contention for the top overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Some believe this is their objective, which could indicate that Kyler Murray’s days with the Cardinals are numbered.