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"This is a ransom letter" - NFL analyst left fuming over statement released by Kyler Murray's agent

Kyler Murray's agent, Erik Burkhardt, released a statement on Monday saying the quarterback wants to return to the Arizona Cardinals on a long-term contract.

He started the lengthy statement with the following:

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"Kyler wants to be direct with Arizona Cardinals fans and the great community of the valley in stating his two very important goals and objectives: He absolutely wants to be your long-term QB. He desperately wants to win the Super Bowl."

Murray, who has only been in the league for three years, expects to get paid as a fifth-year starter despite not yet carrying his team to an NFC Championship game. In fact, he has yet to make it past the first round of the playoffs.

NFL insider Michael Lombardi released his own statement via Twitter, slamming Murray's agent for his comments.

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This is a ransom letter. Don't let the fact he has two more years on his current deal affect the story or the fact he has played poorly the last half of the season two years in a row. What makes this worse is they believe this release will garner public support. JOKE. twitter.com/AdamSchefter/s…
A statement from Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray’s agent, @ErikBurkhardt:
8:21 AM · Feb 28, 2022
"This is a ransom letter. Don't let the fact that he has two more years on his current deal affect the story or the fact he has played poorly the last half of the season two years in a row. What makes this worse is (that) they believe this release will garner public support. JOKE."
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Fans and other NFL analysts alike pretty much had the same thought when they saw the letter from Kyler Murray's agent.

The former Heisman Trophy winner is hoping to have a similar season as second-year quarterbacks such as Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert.

Burrow returned from a knee injury to lead his team to the Super Bowl in his second year and Herbert has already thrown for more yards combined in his first two years as a starter than Murray.

Herbert threw for over 4,000 yards as a rookie and 5,000 yards in his second year, something that Kyler Murray hasn't done yet in three years as he passed for 3,722, 3,971 and 3,787 yards in his first, second and third seasons, respectively.

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Arizona Cardinals have yet to respond to Kyler Murray

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What does Cardinals management think about Murray's demands? So far nothing as the organization hasn't said two words publicly about what their plans are when it comes to his contract.

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Restructing Kyler Murray's contract is likely to be the only issue the team is currently facing and many think the former Heisman Trophy winner may have overplayed his hand.

Reports recently came out that the Cardinals view Kyler Murray as “self-centered, immature, and finger pointer.”

So naturally, his agent released an immature statement all about Kyler that points fingers at the Cardinals. That’ll show ‘em. twitter.com/adamschefter/s…
A statement from Cardinals’ QB Kyler Murray’s agent, @ErikBurkhardt:
8:19 AM · Feb 28, 2022
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He hasn't accomplished as much as some other players with the same tenure and that may be a sticking point for the organization when it comes to contract negotiations.

It took Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Dak Prescott years before he was able to make $40 million a season with the team. He has also failed to get further than the Divisional Round of the playoffs in his career.

However, Prescott has put up better numbers than Murray and he's at least taken the Cowboys to the second-round of the playoffs. The Cowboys were also without their quarterback for most of the 2020 season as he suffered a fractured ankle.

Murray has done a lot in Arizona, but maybe not enough to deserve what he is asking for as it was rumored he is wanting a huge increase in his salary. Before all of this took place, it was reported that neither he nor the team were on good terms and this "ransom note" seems to have made things worse.

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LeRon Haire
 
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