The Arizona Cardinals have removed the controversial “independent study addendum” clause from quarterback Kyler Murray’s contract.
This clause in the 230.5 million contract signed by Murray on Monday required the quarterback to study for at least four hours a week of game films to prepare.
“After seeing the distraction it was creating, we removed the addendum from the contract,” the Cardinals said in a statement. It was perceived in a way that we never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as strong as it has ever been and nothing demonstrates our faith in his abilities to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract. »
Earlier Thursday, Murray held an unscheduled press conference lasting around 11 minutes to defend himself against the criticism he received because of this clause.
He called it “disrespectful” that people believed he could reach his level – a starting quarterback in the NFL – without being a “student of the sport”.
“It’s almost a joke,” Murray said.
He claimed that being a quarterback was too difficult a position to practice without studying a significant number of films.
“I’m flattered that you think that at my size, I can go on the field unprepared and without taking myself seriously. »
Murray, who is usually quiet when it comes to talking about himself, admitted the surprise outing was unusual. He also listed his accomplishments — being undefeated at the college level, winning the Heisman Trophy, being drafted in the first round of the NFL and MLB drafts, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and making the Pro-Bowl at two times.
He then recalled that at 5’10, he was already in a vulnerable situation.
“I can’t take any shortcuts,” he said. These are things that cannot be achieved without preparing in the right way. »
“It’s laughable,” Murray added.
Murray declined to answer questions specific to the clause in his contract, including his feelings about having that clause in his contract. Murray added that there are many ways to study movies and acting.
“Obviously, I watch videos by myself. It doesn’t even need to be said. But I love and appreciate the process of watching this footage with my teammates and my coaches. »
Murray saw a problem with the responses and criticisms related to the clause in his contract.
“I refuse to let my work ethic and my preparation raise questions,” Murray said. I put an incredible amount of time, blood, sweat, tears and work into what I had to do, whether it was football or baseball. People don’t understand the amount of time it takes to play two sports at a high level, let alone the fact that I’m the first person to do it at my height. It’s funny,” Murray added.
“But for those who believe that I would be here today, in front of all of you, without having a work ethic and without preparing myself, I am honored that you think that. But that doesn’t exist. It is not possible. It is not possible. »