Kyler Murray: Arizona Cardinals remove quarterback’s ‘film study’ clause in contract

Kyler Murray originally signed a new contract with the Arizona Cardinals with the added clause that he must study four hours of films a week, but his team has now removed that requirement; “It was clearly received in a way that was never intended,” the statement said.

The Arizona Cardinals removed a unique clause from quarterback Kyler Murray’s lucrative new contract that included four hours of independent film study per week, saying in a statement Thursday night that it caused an unintended “distraction” for the team.

“Seeing it as a distraction, we removed the app from the contract,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “It was clearly received in ways that were never intended. We have more confidence in Kyler Murray than ever and nothing demonstrates our faith in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment that this contract makes.”

Earlier Thursday, Murray did not respond to a question about whether he was worried about the Cardinals adding a clause to the contract.

“There are several different ways to watch movies. Of course, we all watch movies,” Murray said, speaking to media on a day when he did not have scheduled press access to share his position. “This is not to be questioned. I don’t want my work ethic and my training to be questioned. I’ve spent an unfathomable amount of time on what I’m doing.”

Colts quarterback Peyton Manning said he watched movies for three hours every day before training during the regular season. Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said he spent at least 10 hours a week last season reviewing videos of himself and upcoming opponents.

Murray’s five-year contract specified that he should begin his weekly film study on the first Monday after training camp ended and continue weekly until the season’s final game in Arizona, except for “goodbyes.”

Murray didn’t appreciate the amount of time he spends with the clicker, calling the ongoing conversation about his work habits “disrespectful.”

“To think that I can achieve everything that I have achieved in my career, and still not study the game, not have this passion, not take it seriously, it’s almost disrespectful,” he said. “It’s almost a joke. For me… I’m flattered by (someone) the idea that at my size I can go out there and not prepare for a game and take it seriously. To play in the position I play in this league is difficult. It’s too hard (not to study).”

The addition was supposed to start this season and run until 2028, when the Cardinals would have a club option to choose from.

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