Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim has preached patience as he is hopeful the team and Kyler Murray will get something done this summer. After the 2021 season, the relationship between the Cardinals and Murray appeared to be a bit damaged.
However, the two sides now appear to be on much better terms and it looks like both sides are willing to negotiate a new deal. The Cardinals picked up Murray's fifth-year option, tying him with the team through the 2023 season.
“I just think it’s a timing thing,” Keim said on the Pat McAfee Show, via Darren Urban of the team’s website. “Anyone who has done it before has done it anywhere from July to September. No different for us.
We know he is under contract for another year and also the fifth-year option [in 2023]. He is our future, we feel that strongly. I feel like we’ll be able to get something done this summer”.
Murray suggested he wants to stay in Arizona
Last month, Keim said Murray was their quarterback for the future.
"The way we have approached it is we have free agency, we have the draft, and then we will take a deep breath and sort of refocus," Keim said last month. "That's sort of the reason every other player that has been a third-year quarterback has been (extended) in the middle of the summer or late summer.
It's no different for us. Nothing has changed in terms of him being our long-term and short-term quarterback." After reading Keim's comments, Murray said Arizona is the place where he wants to win Super Bowls. "I wanna win Super Bowls with the Cardinals, AZ is home," Murray tweeted in response to the comments.
This past season, the Cardinals got off to a fast start as they won their first seven games. After a strong start, the Cardinals' form dropped as they finished the regular season with a 11-6 record. In the wild card, the Caridnals suffered a humiliating 34-11 defeat to the Los Angeles Rams on their home field.