Kyler Murray rumors: Ten landing spots that make sense for Cardinals QB if contract dispute leads to business talks

One of the busiest seasons in the NFL in terms of huge moves ahead of the 2022 draft has finally calmed down. So far. A day after Baker Mayfield handled the Browns’ inevitable and ugly separation from Cleveland, the NFL reported that quarterback Killer Murray and the Cardinals are at a complete standstill in contract talks, and the former first player is unlikely to play for the Arizona team without a new deal. Both Murray and the Cardinal have publicly downplayed a feud that has been said to have intensified in recent months, but other teams actively lie as they fail to collaboratively pursue a long-term agreement.

Does this mean that separation is imminent? Both. The Cardinals technically have Murray, 24, on contract until 2022, and possibly 2023, if they exercise his fifth-year option. But the groundwork was laid to escalate this issue: Agent Murray detailed public pressure on Arizona back in February, all but demanding a lucrative extension; The actual spring/summer suspension will place the onus on the Cardinals to consider auctioning Pro Bowl QB to a bidder willing to fulfill Murray’s requests.

Even crazier things happened. Just look at what happened with Tom Brady, Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan, and countless others this season. In the case of commercial inquiries in the Arizona fields for Murray, who will surely bring a Watson-level wagon for his upside, what difference could logical landing sites be? Here are 10, disqualifying the Cardinals’ rival Seahawks under the assumption that Arizona will never deal with Murray in the same department:

They rolled out the red carpet for Watson, even eliminating Matt Ryan in the third-round pick as a result. So they were certainly – and wisely – looking into it. The problem is that they barely have any money to spend, and even if they fiddled with the cap to add it, they wouldn’t have enough cash to build a barren list around it.

It’s going to take some serious maneuvering, and even then, the new system won’t have much leftover to spend. But Brian Dabul knows the value of having an elite double threat in QB. In the always wide open NFC East, who says New York can’t be surprised 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 high-quality spare money to Mitchell Trubesky and are sure they won’t guarantee equal talent with the 20th overall pick. With a defense ready to remove and an improved O-streak, adding Murray could immediately propel them to the playoffs. The problem is that their first manager came later, and they don’t have a lot of other additional options to deal with.

They are committed to Ryan Tannehill, but mostly because of his contract, which could partly be unencumbered in a potential trade elsewhere. Yes, Tannehill helped shape them into playoff contenders, but he probably peaked, while Murray would give Tennessee a higher long-range weapon for an already focused attack. However, they also don’t have much in the way of additional draft capital.

Contrary to popular opinion, veteran placeholder Jared Goff is no longer immobile; It can be cut after June 1 to save more than $10.5 million. They need a long-term answer under the center, and their fans will be invigorated by a talent like Murray, who pairs well with underappreciated playmakers like D’Andre Swift and DJ Chark. Most importantly, they have the ammo that makes it work, with two first-round picks coming in both 2022 and 2023.

Yes, they only have a year left of drafting Zach Wilson who is second overall, but Murray, who is only two years older than him, is what they pray to become Wilson. With their first twos and twos in this year’s draft, not to mention the extra cap space, they can take a big swing to change the East Asian region, especially after boosting some of the other holes on the roster.

For better or worse, 2021 third-placed Davis Mills might stop them from drafting QB as early as 2022. But he won’t – or shouldn’t – stop them from making the call here. They still need a long-running answer, and Murray, who is from Texas, has proven that he can. They also have the ammunition (first two in each of the next three years) to instantly transition from one top 10 talent (Watson) to the next.

They tried for Watson, so they definitely tried with Murray. Yes, they have since paid Jameis Winston as a short-range rookie, but they can ship him to Arizona in no time. With two top 20 picks in 2022, they could put in a solid showing and use their infamous manipulation to put pressure on him, pairing him with Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas to immediately compete in the NFC South.

They’ve been saying they’re committed to Jalen Hurts in 2022, but only after sniffing out potential upgrades and shuffling their draft capital to position themselves for a potential reset in 2023. Murray is the kind of star in the short and long term who can instantly jump them Back in the competition, aggressive general manager Howie Roseman, who was mostly quiet, earned his first two times in both 2022 and 2023. As a bonus, offensive assistant Aaron Moorhead served on the staff at Texas A&M during Murray’s new season there.

They are the most desperate to get a QB. Unless they risk running into a high probability in the draft, they will enter 2022 – a potential year of success or interruption for the senior team – with Sam Darnold trapped under center. There’s no doubt they would forgo the #6 pick overall if it meant securing Murray, giving Matt Rhule his most talented QB yet, and allowing people like Christian McCaffrey and DJ Moore the chance to surprise in the NFC South. They are currently leading the NFL in the 2022 space, so money won’t be an issue.