2020-07-13

Analysts: Kyler Murray worthy of franchise contract

Patrick Mahomes signed the richest contract in sports, a 10-year, $503M extension with the Kansas City Chiefs last week.

The 24-year-old quarterback has rewrote National Football League record books in three-seasons, becoming the second member in league history of the 50 touchdowns, 5,000-yard club, is now signed through 2031.

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In a league top heavy of up-and-coming quarterbacks such as DaShaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, and Jared Goff.

The NFL Network posed the question— after Mahomes: Which quarterback would you offer such a contract to?

A surprising answer among a couple: Kyler Murray.

Maurice Jones-Drew, a network analyst, didn’t hesitant in choosing Murray.

"I'm taking the 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Kyler Murray. The kid is a ripe 22 years old and the centerpiece of an Arizona Cardinals team on the comeup.” Jones said, per NFL.com, a three-time Pro Bowl back for Jacksonville Jaguars.

Murray, soon-to-be 23 on Aug  7, alongside Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury improved the last ranked Cardinals’ offense in 2018 to 16th in his rookie campaign last season.

“The 2019 No. 1 overall pick lived up to the hype as a dual-threat quarterback who thrilled in Kliff Kingsbury's Air Raid offense with impressive throws and timely rushes. Some might argue that Lamar Jackson would be a better choice, but Murray's playing style isn't quite as concerning as the reigning league MVP's."

However, the throwing ability Mahomes possesses is unlike any other, says Kurt Warner, who led the most prolific offense until 2010s  – St. Louis Rams to one Super Bowl victory.

"The answer is nobody! Twelve years in the NFL feels like an eternity. No other quarterback has proven that type of worth or is young enough to make me believe he can carry my team for that long,” said Warner, a two-time league most valuable player.

“I know that's not the answer you were looking for, so for the sake of providing an answer, I'll say ... Kyler Murray."

Murray, Cardinals open training camp July 28.

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