If and when Kyler Murray signs a agreement extension with the Arizona Cardinals, he’ll now have the prospect to participate in versus one particular of his previous teammates for the 2nd calendar year in a row.
Murray will likely experience former Oklahoma teammate Baker Mayfield in Week 4 as the 27-12 months-previous veteran was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Carolina Panthers for a 2024 fifth-round conditional select, in accordance to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Mayfield is getting into the remaining 12 months of his rookie deal and the Browns agreed to pay $10.5 million of Mayfield’s 2022 salary ($18.858 million). He reportedly approved fewer than the remaining funds of the wage to aid the trade.
Equally Murray and Mayfield squared off against every single other in 2021, when the Cardinals defeated the Browns in a whopping 37-14 victory. In his rookie time, Murray’s Cardinals also conquer Mayfield’s Browns 38-24.
Moments soon after the trade was declared, Murray tweeted a two-phrase reaction to the former No. 1 choose.
Murray believes in Mayfield and is in his corner. Not only have each gained Heisman trophies in back again-to-again seasons and have been picked No. 1 in consecutive drafts, they also have dealt with controversy in direction of a new agreement for their respective teams.
Nonetheless, Mayfield has experienced a lengthier road in striving to come across a offer.
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In 2020, the Browns finished 11-5 and Mayfield handed for 26 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Following shedding in the playoffs in that exact same year, Mayfield searched for a new agreement. But talks never ever went any place and the Browns exercised the fifth-calendar year solution for 2022. He played devoid of a new deal in 2021 and wounded his shoulder in Week 2. Mayfield ended past season with 17 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. The Browns proceeded to give the greatest-confirmed agreement in record to Deshaun Watson, who is envisioned to be suspended for violating the NFL’s individual carry out coverage.
Mayfield will now contend for the setting up quarterback career with fellow 2018 initial-round decide on Sam Darnold, rookie Matt Corral and P.J. Walker. Darnold’s income on the fifth-12 months solution of his deal is $18.858 million.
As for Murray, he competed with Mayfield for two several years at Oklahoma. Mayfield advised the media before their 2021 matchup about how the two went to struggle all through their collegiate days.
“It was a nutritious relationship for us,” Mayfield said. “All egos were place to the facet . . . And we have been equipped to push each individual other and unquestionably get the finest out of each other.”
Murray has two Professional Bowls and an Offensive Rookie of the Calendar year award on his resume, while Mayfield’s career has been up-and-down.
Murray has a circumstance for acquiring a contract extension as the Cardinals have shown improvement for the duration of Murray’s tenure. Arizona went from 5 wins in Murray’s rookie season in 2019 to eight in 2020 and then to 11 in 2021. As for Mayfield, the Browns were being under .500 in 3 of his four yrs with the crew.
All eyes will be on what occurs in Carolina and the quarterback situation.