Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury addresses Kyler Murray contract situation


Cardinals HC Kliff Kingsbury addresses Kyler Murray contract situation

Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury hopes the team and quarterback Kyler Murray will agree on an extension before the start of training camp. After the 2021 season ended, Murray removed everything Cardinals related from his Instagram.

Five months later, the Cardinals and Murray appear to be on a much better terms as both sides have showed willigness to work out a new deal. The Murray contract situation has brought a lot of negative attention and certainly both sides want to resolve it and focus on football.

"I'm praying before training camp," Kingsbury said.

Kingsbury hopes Murray doesn't miss any time

Murray was on the practice field on Tuesday but Kingsbury couldn't guarantee the quarterback would show up to training camp without a new deal.

"I'm not sure," Kingsbury said, when asked if Murray would report to training camp without a new deal. "That'd be a Kyler question. But I, just personally -- I'm being selfish here -- would love for him to be there the first day of training camp." Murray wants a big contract and the Cardinals plan on making him the highest-paid player in the team's history.

When Murray gets his money, the expectation will be on him to lead the team to a Super Bowl win. "We're about to make him, I'm sure, the highest-paid player in this franchise's history and so he understands what comes with that," Kingsbury said.

"The guys know what he can be at his best, and anytime we can get the whole band out there, things pick up." During his press conference, Kingsbury also gave an update on DeAndre Hopkins, who tore his MCL in December. Hopkins is doing well but the Cardinals are playing it safe.

Hopkins is set to miss the first six games of the season after testing positive for a prohibited substance. "He's close," Kingsbury said. "We're being really cautious, obviously, with him not playing the first six weeks."