Kyler Murray’s 5th-year option in 2023 will cost Cardinals more than $23 million

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Jess Root
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The Arizona Cardinals know they have a two-year window in which they have quarterback Kyler Murray on a rookie contract. His cap hit, even as a former No. 1 pick, is a manageable $9.7 million in 2021.

Knowing that, the Cardinals have been aggressive in adding talent around him to try and win a championship before Murray will become very expensive.

Even the fifth-year option in 2023 will be pricey.

With the new collective bargaining agreement from last year, the fifth-year option changed. It pays more like the franchise tag, depending on what that player has done.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero shared the tiers on Twitter.

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If Murray were in his fourth season this year, these are the tiers for his salary based on things now.

  • He would make more than $16.5 million no matter what.

  • If he hits the playing time requirement (he will and probably already has), he would make more than $18.5 million.

  • For making one Pro Bowl, which Murray has done, that salary goes up to a little more than $23.0 million.

  • For multiple Pro Bowls, it would be more than $25.1 million.

With those numbers likely to go up a little next year, Murray’s salary in 2023 will be more than $23 million.

Because it is a one-year option, that is also the cap hit. The only way the Cardinals could reduce his cap hit in 2023 would be to already sign him to a contract extension.

Murray is well on his way to NFL stardom and being one of the league’s best quarterbacks. He will be paid like it before long.

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