NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Thursday that Cardinals QB Kyler Murray, who’s scheduled to make approximately $5.5 million in 2022, is not expected to play next season unless he receives a new contract from Arizona. (Tom Pelissero, NFL Network)
Murray, who’s been nothing short of electrifying while healthy and playing, will be entering his 4th season in the league in 2022. Murray’s rushing ability at the QB position has been the key to his success from a fantasy perspective, as it provides him with a high floor and a high ceiling and has largely been the reason why he’s been able to finish as a QB1 each season he’s played in the NFL. Although he’s never thrown for more than 4,000 yards or 26 touchdowns in a season, his ability to move the chains and lead a high scoring offense has allowed him to support high end skilled position players in fantasy during the first three years of his career. If Murray and the Cardinals were to come to a stalemate and Murray did sit out games, Arizona would be forced to turn to Colt McCoy or Trace McSorley. Both players are quality backups, but Arizona’s offense would likely take a dip in production, which in turn would negatively affect the fantasy production of James Conner, DeAndre Hopkins, and Zach Ertz.