Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has a contract that extends until the 2028 season.
However, despite this long-term commitment, there is a possibility that Arizona might part ways with him next offseason.
ESPN insider Dan Graziano believes that a trade in the upcoming offseason is the most likely scenario for Murray in 2024.
Graziano argues that the Cardinals could face significant struggles during Murray’s absence this season, as he is expected to miss time due to his recovery from an ACL injury.
If the team performs poorly, they may choose to play for a top draft pick, potentially targeting players like Caleb Williams or Drake Maye.
Graziano further speculates that after Murray’s return and a subpar performance leading to one of the league’s worst records in 2023, the Cardinals may opt to draft Williams or Maye.
“After Murray takes at least a little while (maybe even a long while) to come back, the Cardinals finish with one of the league’s worst records in 2023 and draft either Williams or UNC’s Drake Maye. They have to find a solution to the Murray contract problem next offseason, ideally convincing some other team to take him off their hands and help defray the dead-money cost as Arizona moves on to a future without him.”
In doing so, they would need to address the problem of Murray’s contract, potentially convincing another team to take him and help alleviate the financial implications as Arizona moves forward without him.
While trading Murray at this early stage in his career may appear unlikely, the Cardinals might have no other choice if they find themselves in a position to draft promising young quarterbacks like Williams or Maye.
Naturally, Murray could put an end to these trade rumors by leading the Cardinals to numerous victories this season.
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