Sep 18, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) greets fans after the game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Cops investigating fan who allegedly struck Kyler Murray

Las Vegas police are investigating allegations that a fan struck Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray in the aftermath of the Cardinals’ stunning 29-23 overtime victory over the Raiders on Sunday.

Several social media videos show a fan reaching out with a flat hand and striking Murray in the face as he celebrated the game-winning fumble return touchdown with Cardinals fans in attendance.

“The Raiders are aware of the incident and are cooperating with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department on its investigation,” the Raiders said in a statement to USA Today.

Murray immediately confronted the fan who hit him before removing himself from the area.

The Cardinals forced overtime and the Raiders had the ball when a big hit on Raiders receiver Hunter Renfrow dislodged the ball. The Cardinals’ Byron Murphy Jr. scooped and scored to end the game, setting off the raucous celebration.

Murray threw for 277 yards and a touchdown in guiding the Cardinals to 16 fourth-quarter points to force OT.

–Field Level Media

Aug 20, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Washington Commanders during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Kliff Kingsbury, Patrick Mahomes reunite as Cardinals host Chiefs

Over the last four seasons, the NFL has witnessed Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ capabilities on a first-hand basis.

However, no one knows them more than Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who recruited Mahomes to Texas Tech. Now, he has to coach against him for the first time in the 2022 season opener when his Cardinals clash with the Chiefs in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday.

Admitting “it’ll be a little surreal going against him,” Kingsbury remains proud of what Mahomes has accomplished on and off the field.

“Just really proud of the person,” Kingsbury said. “Just watching how he’s grown up, the leadership qualities he shows on and off the field. I mean, anytime you watch him in any of those arenas, just how socially responsible he is, how he leads, how he treats people, the stuff he does in the community with charities, and he runs the gamut of what you want a sports star to be like and carry himself. And so that’s been really special to watch that development.”

Kingsbury, of course, has watched the development of his own quarterback, Kyler Murray, who enters his fourth season after signing a five-year, $230 million contract extension a few days before the beginning of training camp.

While Chiefs head coach Andy Reid will be preparing Mahomes and the offense to go against a depleted group of Arizona cornerbacks, defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will have his hands full with Murray, even with wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins serving a six-game league suspension for a PED violation.

They hope defensive end Frank Clark and defensive tackle Chris Jones will lead their teammates and keep Murray from destroying the game plan.

“Well, you have to say discipline, obviously,” Reid said when asked about what he expects from the defensive line. “Speed becomes important. (Murray’s) got speed, so there’s a runner. So keeping them contained I think is important. As you work through it, that discipline becomes a big factor.

“But you always want the aggressiveness, you want speed, you want that transition between the run and the pass to be aggressive and fundamentally sound.”

Chiefs first-round pick Trent McDuffie is expected to start at one cornerback spot, and the secondary will have to deal with lightning-fast wide receiver Marquise Brown, acquired by the Cardinals on draft day from the Ravens for a first-round pick.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs moved on from wide receiver Tyreek Hill in the offseason, and while Mahomes still has tight end Travis Kelce as his security blanket, he hopes to exploit Arizona’s cover corners by utilizing holdover Mecole Hardman, veteran additions JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and second-round rookie Skyy Moore.

The Cardinals’ cornerback conundrum occurred after the death of Jeff Gladney in May and the recent loss of Antonio Hamilton for at least four games because of burns following a kitchen accident.

Byron Murphy Jr. and Marco Wilson are expected to start, but Wilson had issues in camp and the depth behind them includes recent trade acquisition Trayvon Mullen Jr. and waiver-wire pickup Javelin Guidry.

Another significant concern for the Cardinals is injuries.

The Chiefs listed no players as not practicing or limited for Wednesday’s practice, while the Cardinals had eight.

Defensive end J.J. Watt (calf), edge rusher Markus Golden (toe) and Mullen (toe) did not participate. Tight end Zach Ertz (calf) and left guard Justin Pugh (neck) were limited, along with long snapper Aaron Brewer (ankle), linebacker Ezekiel Turner (shoulder) and running back Jonathan Ward (shoulder).

–Field Level Media

Jul 30, 2022; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks on during training camp practice at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray tests positive for COVID-19

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss at least five days.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury made the announcement to reporters on Monday.

Murray is fresh off signing a five-year contract worth up to $230.5 million with $160 million guaranteed. Reports surfaced that the deal included an “independent study addendum,” which Murray faced questions about before the team eventually removed the clause last week.

Then he sat out Saturday’s practice to rest his arm.

Colt McCoy will get first-team reps in Murray’s absence.

Murray, 24, threw for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, adding five touchdowns on the ground. He went 9-5 in his 14 starts and was named to his second straight Pro Bowl.

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May 7, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in attendance during UFC 274 at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cards sign Kyler Murray to 5-year extension

Arizona Cardinals star Kyler Murray has agreed to a contract extension that will make him among the richest quarterbacks in the NFL, according to multiple reports.

The Cardinals officially announced Murray’s five-year contract extension Thursday but did not disclose financial terms. However, the deal is reportedly worth $230.5 million, with $160 million guaranteed.

The agreement follows months of back and forth between Murray’s camp and the Cardinals.

In February, Murray scrubbed his Instagram page of all references to the Cardinals, making apparent his dissatisfaction with his contract at the time. His agent later released a statement of more than 1,000 words saying Murray wanted a new contract.

In May, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said he thought the two sides would “be able to get something done this summer.”

Murray attended just one session of this year’s voluntary OTAs.

Murray, 24, was drafted first overall by the Cardinals in 2019 and quickly established himself as one of the league’s top young QBs, helping the Cardinals improve from five wins in 2019 to eight in 2020 then up to 11 in 2021.

In 2021, Murray passed for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and he also rushed for 423 yards and five scores last season.

Murray made his playoff debut against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round and his performance did not impress. He completed 19 of 34 passes for only 137 yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss.

In three seasons, Murray has a 22-23-1 record as a starter. He has passed for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions, while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 scores in 46 starts.

The Cardinals selected Murray out of Oklahoma months after he was named the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

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May 7, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in attendance during UFC 274 at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

QB Kyler Murray joins Cardinals for OTAs

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray rejoined teammates in Arizona for organized team activities and was on the field in Tempe on Wednesday.

Murray expects to stick around as the next phase of the offseason program picks up, including mandatory three-day minicamp starting June 14.

The Cardinals exercised the fifth year on Murray’s contract last month, guaranteeing a salary of $29.7 million in 2023, but Murray is angling for a long-term deal in line with the top of the market.

Other third-year quarterbacks, most recently Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills) and Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), were rewarded with lucrative long-term deals.

The offseason between Murray and Arizona has included the quarterback scrubbing all references to the team from his social media at one point, and his agent later releasing a statement of more than 1,000 words saying Murray wanted a new contract.

Murray has never officially asked for a trade, which is a good sign for the team since general manager Steve Keim said last month that there’s “zero chance” of that happening.

In 2021, Murray passed for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and he also rushed for 423 yards and five scores last season.

Murray made his playoff debut against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round and his performance did not impress. He completed 19 of 34 passes for only 137 yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss.

In three seasons, Murray has a 22-23-1 record as a starter. He has passed for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions, while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 scores in 46 starts.

The Cardinals selected Murray No. 1 overall in 2019 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma months after he was named the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

–Field Level Media

May 7, 2022; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray in attendance during UFC 274 at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Kyler Murray skips Cardinals’ OTAs

Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray is skipping the team’s volunteer organized team activities this week, according to reports.

The move was expected as Murray and the Cardinals are at a standstill on talks about a contract extension.

The offseason between Murray and Arizona has included Murray scrubbing all references to the team from his social media at one point, and his agent later releasing a statement of more than 1,000 words saying Murray wanted a new contract.

Murray has never asked for a trade, which is good since Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said last month that there’s “zero chance” of that happening.

Murray is scheduled to make about $5.5 million in 2022, the fourth year of his rookie contract.

The Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option on Murray’s rookie contract late last month. The move guarantees Murray $29.7 million in 2023.

It also allows the two sides more time to negotiate a long-term deal.

In 2021, Murray passed for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and he also rushed for 423 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Murray made his playoff debut against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round and his performance wasn’t good. He completed 19 of 34 passes for only 137 yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss.

In three seasons, Murray has a 22-23-1 record as a starter. He has passed for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions, while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 scores in 46 starts.

The Cardinals selected Murray No. 1 overall in 2019 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Jan 16, 2021; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) gestures prior to an AFC Divisional Round game against the Buffalo Bills at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant sees potential fit with Cardinals

Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.

Bryant, who hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2020 season, expressed interest in joining quarterback Kyler Murray, coach Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals.

“Kyler, the coach — I love the swagger over there,” Bryant told TMZ. “I just love the guys, especially DeAndre Hopkins — that’s my boy. We real close.”

Bryant, 33, had six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns in six games with the Baltimore Ravens in 2020. That was the first action for the three-time Pro Bowl selection since he sustained an Achilles injury while practicing with the New Orleans Saints in 2018.

Bryant spent his first eight NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. He caught 531 passes for 7,459 yards and a franchise-best 73 touchdown receptions in 113 games after being selected by the Cowboys with the 24th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before an NFC wild-card game in January.

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Cardinals pick up fifth-year option ($29.7M) on Kyler Murray

The Arizona Cardinals picked up the fifth-year option of quarterback Kyler Murray’s rookie contract on Wednesday.

The move guarantees Murray $29.7 million in 2023.

It also allows the two sides more time to negotiate a long-term deal. Murray expressed unhappiness with his contract earlier this offseason.

Murray will make about $5.5 million in salary and roster bonuses in 2022.

Arizona general manager Steve Keim has been adamant that the club won’t be trading Murray. He recently termed odds of moving his quarterback as “zero chance.”

Murray, who turns 25 in August, recently indicated that he wants to win Super Bowls with the Cardinals.

Murray was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft out of Oklahoma. He was NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past two seasons.

Murray passed for 3,787 yards and 24 touchdowns against 10 interceptions and also rushed for 423 yards and five touchdowns last season.

He was in the league MVP conversation over the first half of the season as the Cardinals won their first seven games. But he injured an ankle on the final drive of a loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 8 and missed the next three games. His play wasn’t as stout after his return.

Murray made his playoff debut against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round and his performance wasn’t good. He completed 19 of 34 passes for only 137 yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss.

In three seasons, Murray has a 22-23-1 record as a starter. He has passed for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions, while rushing for 1,786 yards and 20 scores in 46 starts.

–Field Level Media

Arizona quarterback Kyler Murray warms up before an NFC wild-card game in January.

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GM Steve Keim: ‘Zero chance’ Cardinals trade Kyler Murray

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim asserted Thursday that there was “zero chance” the team would trade star quarterback Kyler Murray this offseason.

The rough offseason between Murray and Arizona has included Murray scrubbing all references to the team from his social media at one point, and his agent later releasing a statement of more than 1,000 words saying Murray wanted a new contract.

NFL Network reported last week that the Cardinals have yet to make Murray a long-term offer while his agent, Erik Burkhardt, has rescinded his initial proposal.

Murray has never asked for a trade, and it’s clear the Cardinals do not want to go in that direction with the first overall pick of the 2019 draft.

Murray is scheduled to make about $5.5 million in 2022, the fourth year of his rookie contract.

In 46 starts over three seasons, Murray has thrown for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns and 34 interceptions while completing 66.9 percent of his passes. He has added 1,786 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground, won Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2019 and was named to the last two Pro Bowls.

In his playoff debut the past season against the eventual champion Los Angeles Rams, Murray went 19-for-34 for 137 passing yards and two interceptions in a 34-11 loss. ESPN later reported that the Cardinals wanted Murray to improve as a leader, with anonymous sources describing him as self-centered and a finger-pointer.

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Aug 20, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury talks with quarterback Kyler Murray (1) prior to facing the Kansas City Chiefs at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Kliff Kingsbury: Cardinals in ‘good place’ with Kyler Murray

Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday that he is in “a good place” with quarterback Kyler Murray, one day after Murray’s agent released a statement saying Murray wanted a new contract.

“I think our long-term goal here is to have Kyler be our quarterback,” Kingsbury told reporters at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. “He understands that. He understands my view of him and how I feel about him.

“It’s all part of the business right now and things we’ll continue to work through.”

Kingsbury deferred contract-specific questions to general manager Steve Keim while projecting confidence that the issue would be settled. Murray scrubbed all references to the Cardinals from his Instagram last month, setting off a drama-filled offseason.

ESPN reported that some Cardinals decision-makers had questions about Murray’s leadership and ability to handle adversity.

Kingsbury said he did not know Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, would post his statement of more than 1,000 words online Monday. The coach said Murray met with him and Cardinals brass after the season ended with a 34-11 playoff loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.

“We had a great talk right after the season with him,” Kingsbury said. “He talked about his concerns, we talked about what we wanted. So we’re going to work through those things.”

Kingsbury then added he has not spoken with Murray since Burkhardt released the statement, but that they speak “regularly” — appearing at first to say “frequently” before changing his choice of words.

–Field Level Media