One of the busiest NFL offseasons in terms of blockbuster moves has finally calmed down ahead of the 2022 draft. Until now. A day after the Browns’ Baker Mayfield tackled his inevitable, ugly split from Cleveland, NFL Media reports that quarterback Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are in total stalemate in contract negotiations, with the former No. 1 overall pick unlikely to play for Arizona without a new one. appointment. Both the Murray and Cardinals have publicly downplayed a rift that has reportedly intensified in recent months, but other teams are actively lurking as they do not work together to pursue a long-term deal.
Does that mean a breakup is imminent? No. The Cardinals have technically seen Murray, 24, under contract through 2022 and possibly 2023 if they take advantage of his fifth-year option. But the reason is laid for this problem to escalate: Murray’s agent put detailed public pressure on Arizona back in February, but demanded almost a lucrative extension; and an actual spring / summer holdout would put the burden on the Cardinals to consider auctioning off the Pro Bowl QB to a bidder ready to meet Murray’s demands.
More crazy things have happened. Just look at what happened to Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan and countless others this offseason. In the event that Arizona submits trade inquiries to Murray, who would definitely pick up a Watson-level move for its upside, which teams could be logical landing sites? Here are 10, with the Cardinals’ rival Seahawks ruled out, assuming Arizona would never trade Murray in the same division:
They rolled the red carpet next to Watson and even dumped Matt Ryan for a measly third-round pick as a result. So they would definitely – and wisely – investigate it. The problem is that they barely have any money to spend, and even though they manipulate the cap to add him, they have no cash to build a barren list around him.
It would require some serious cap maneuvers, and even then the new regime would not have much left to spend. But Brian Daboll knows the value of having an elite double threat at QB. In an eternally open NFC East, who would say that New York could not surprise sooner rather than later by using its premium assets (two top-10 picks in 2022) to secure a new face for the franchise?
They only pay Mitchell Trubisky high-end backup money, and they certainly will not be guaranteed an equal talent with the overall pick No. 20. With a playoff-ready defense and improved O-line, Murray could add that they could drive them instantly deeper into the playoffs. The problem is that their first-rounder is later and they do not have many other extra choices to deal with.
They are obligated to Ryan Tannehill, but mostly because of his contract, which may be partially released in a potential trade elsewhere. Yes, Tannehill helped shape them into playoff challengers, but he has probably reached his peak, whereas Murray would give Tennessee a longer-lasting weapon with a higher upside to an already race-focused attack. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person.
Contrary to popular belief, veteran pitcher Jared Goff is no longer immobile; he can be cut after June 1 to save more than $ 10.5 million. They need a long-term response under the center, and their fans would be revitalized by a talent like Murray who would pair nicely with underrated playmakers like D’Andre Swift and DJ Chark. More importantly, they have the ammunition to make it work, with two first-time players in both 2022 and 2023.
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Yes, they are only a year away from drawing Zach Wilson No. 2 in general, but Murray, who is only two years older, is what they are praying for Wilson to become. With two first players and two seconds in this year’s draft, not to mention excess cap space, they can afford to take a bigger turn to shake up AFC East, especially after strengthening some other holes on the roster.
For better or worse, 2021 third-round pick Davis Mills may prevent them from drafting a QB in early 2022. But he would – or should – not prevent them from calling here. They still need a long-term answer, and Murray, who is from Texas, has proven he can be. They also have ammunition (the first two in each of the next three years) to immediately switch from one top-10 talent (Watson) to another.
They tried for Watson, so they would definitely try for Murray. Yes, they have since paid Jameis Winston as a short-term starter, but they could send him to Arizona with a heartbeat. With two top-20 picks in 2022, they could make a strong bid and use their infamous cap manipulation to push him in and pair him with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas to compete instantly in NFC South.
They keep saying they’m committed to Jalen Hurts in 2022, but only after sniffing around potential upgrades and mixing up their draft capital to position themselves for a potential reset in 2023. Murray is that kind of short- and long-term star who could immediately throw them back into contention, and aggressive general manager Howie Roseman, who has had a mostly calm low season, has two first seasons in both 2022 and 2023. As a bonus, offensive assistant Aaron Moorehead served in the staff at Texas A&M during Murray’s freshman season there. .
They are the most desperate for a QB. Unless they risk reaching a top prospect in the draft, they go into 2022 – a potential make-or-break year for team brass – with the challenged Sam Darnold at the center. There is little doubt they would give up overall number 6 if it meant securing Murray, giving Matt Rhule his most talented QB to date and giving guys like Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore a chance to surprise in NFC South. They are currently leading the NFL in the 2022 cap space, so money would not be an issue.