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Report: Kyler Murray to become one of NFL's highest-paid players

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Posted at 10:06 AM, Jul 21, 2022

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Kyler Murray is becoming one of the NFL's highest-paid players.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Arizona Cardinals are signing the quarterback to a five-year, $230.5 million deal.

The contract includes $160 million in guaranteed money.

Schefter reports that Murray's contract will make him the second-highest paid quarterback per year, with an average of $46.1 million annually.

Only Aaron Rodgers, who earns an average of over $50 million annually, would be paid more than Murray.

Murray, 24, was the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Last season, he made the Pro Bowl and threw for 3,787 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions, leading the Cardinals to the playoffs. He also ran for 423 yards.

The deal wraps up a contentious offseason in which he scrubbed his social media of any Arizona Cardinals photos and threatened through back channels to hold out if he didn't receive a new deal.

Murray's agent also released a statement expressing his hopes for a new contract.

Relations between the Cardinals and Murray improved when the team expressed interest in finalizing an extension and Murray agreed to take part in training camp.

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Phil Villarreal is the senior real-time editor for KGUN 9. He is also a digital producer and host of "Phil on Film" seen weekly on Good Morning Tucson, Phil moved to KGUN after 17 years with the Arizona Daily Star. He is married and has four children. Share your story ideas and important issues with Phil by emailing phil.villarreal@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.