2020-05-24

'Moment is now' for Cardinals, Kyler Murray says GM

It’s time.

Cardinals added All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins in the off-season ahead of Kyler Murray’s second season in the league.

“Philosophically, you have to say: ‘The moment is now. Let’s strike, ’” Arizona General Manager Steve Keim said, via Washington Post.

Murray is in-store for hefty pay raise after signing a 4-year, $35.1M rookie contract, and Hopkins is entering the third season of 5-year, $81M contract this season, according to OverTheCap figures.

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“You have to be extremely aggressive. You can’t sit back and wait. As long as everything pans out, you’re hoping that you’re paying this quarterback an exorbitant amount of money in three years, ” Keim added, who is 57-53 as team manager.

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After being drafted first overall in last year's National Football League draft, Murray threw 64.4%, completing 349 of 542 passes for 20 touchdowns and throwing 12 interceptions leading the Cardinals to 5-10-1.

“To me, looking at our offense, being able to add a perimeter receiver like him in the prime of his career is something that is pretty unusual, to say the least,” Keim said.

Cardinals, Murray are scheduled to open training camp in July.

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