Cardinals expected to pick up Kyler Murray’s 5th-year option by deadline next week

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The Arizona Cardinals have a deadline to make when it comes to quarterback Kyler Murray’s contract. They have one more week to decide whether or not to exercise the fifth-year option of his deal, something that all first-round draft picks have.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the option is worth $29.7 million.

However, there should be no drama with that part of the contract.

The Cardinals will pick up that option before next week’s deadline, according to AZCentral Sports’ Bob McManaman.

Earlier in the offseason, general manager Steve Keim indicated the team would exercise the option.

Even with the option being exercised, the two sides will still work on a long-term deal.

Most anticipate a deal to be made sometime during the summer.

Murray enters the final year of his rookie contract and will make about $5.5 million between his salary and the roster bonus due in August.

Murray’s agent made noise earlier in the offseason, issuing a statement challenging the Cardinals to commit long-term to Murray sooner rather than later.

Murray did not show up for voluntary workouts last week, although it is only strength and conditioning work and nothing on the field.

Ian Rapoport says Murray will not participate in voluntary work until a deal is struck or it is mandatory for him to be there.

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