Kyler Murray’s new contract includes four hours of mandatory homework per week

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The Arizona Cardinals apparently cut short any contract drama they may have had with quarterback Kyler Murray last week by signing the two-time Pro Bowler to a new contract, in which he will become one of the players highest paid in the NFL. Rumors of discontent between the quarterback and the front office had bubbled up throughout the offseason, particularly after Murray’s agent released a statement to reporters in February saying that “equities speak much louder than the words in this volatile matter” and that it was “simply up to the Cardinals to decide if they prioritize” Murray as a franchise quarterback.

But a clause in Murray’s new contract is causing a stir as it requires the quarterback to complete at least four hours of ‘independent study’ every week during the season, preparation that goes beyond movie sessions with teammates. at Cardinals facilities.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport got his hands on Murray’s contract and posted the clause on Twitter.

“”Independent Study” means that the Player studies material provided to him by the Club in order to prepare for the Club’s next upcoming match, including but not limited to any material provided via an iPad or other electronic device,” the clause reads. “Time spent in mandatory meetings is not an independent study.”

The clause goes on to say that Murray will receive no credit if he does not “study or personally view the material while it is displayed or played” or if he “engages in any other activity that may distract his attention (e.g., watching television, playing video games, or browsing the Internet) while this material is being viewed or played.”

It’s not detailed how the team will track Murray’s weekly homework, although it does state that if Murray doesn’t meet his weekly goals, he’ll be deemed in default and the $230.5 million deal. dollars will be cancelled.

While contract clauses that prohibit players from engaging in risky behavior – playing other contact sports, driving dangerous vehicles, etc.

The Cardinals may have been prompted to include the clause in Murray’s contract after he downplayed the importance of watching a movie in comments made to The New York Times in December.

“I think I was lucky to have the cognitive skills to go out there and see it before it happened,” Murray said. “I’m not one of those guys who will just sit there and kill himself watching a movie. I don’t sit around for 24 hours breaking down this team and this squad and watching every game because in my head I see so much.

Alternatively, the Cardinals might just think — especially given the high salary they’re paying him — that watching more movies will make Murray a better quarterback, especially later in the season. The Cardinals went 15-8-1 in their first eight games of the season during Murray’s three years as a starting quarterback, but went 7-15 in the second. half of those seasons in games Murray has started (he missed three second-half games last season with an ankle injury).

The New York Times story also relayed an anecdote about how Murray returned home to play a Call of Duty video game after his signature moment as an NFL quarterback, his touchdown pass. Hail Murray” from 43 yards to DeAndre Hopkins in November 2020 that gave Arizona a 32-30 win over the Buffalo Bills. New entries in the Call of Duty series are released in late October or early November, and Murray’s NFL numbers have followed a similar pattern after each new release has been released.

In games played prior to Call of Duty’s annual release date during his career, Murray averaged a fantastic 22.5 points per game. In games played after Call of Duty’s annual release date, Murray averaged 17.4 fantasy points per game, down 22.7%.

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