The Arizona Cardinals have not had much success in finding a new Head Coach to replace Kliff Kingsbury. Apparently QB Kyler Murray is the main issue in why they have have not been able to find someone.
Murray’s massive contract extension has become a deterrent for potential candidates. The quarterback signed a $230M deal last offseason, with $160M being guaranteed. The deal was equipped with a film study clause, which was later removed.
The Cardinals are tied to Murray for the next four years.
Pro Football Network draft analyst Tony Pauline reported from the Senior Bowl that new Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort hasn’t yet hired a Head Coach in part due to concerns about Murray.
Murray won the 2019 Rookie of the Year award. He then landed a pair of Pro Bowl invites over the next two seasons. His production led to the large contract, but his play on the field fell off considerably last season.
Many fans and a few Cardinals players questioned the extension. Last month, an unnamed Cardinals veteran told NFL insider Michael Silver that it was like the franchise “created a monster” when it paid Murray so much guaranteed cash.
Not long after that story surfaced, Ossenfort seemed to take a shot at Murray and other players when he said that “ego will not be tolerated in this organization.”
It appears that the contract is affecting the coaching search in a negative way.
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray. Photo courtsey of The Comeback