Larry Fitzgerald’s Dad Fires Shot at Kyler Murray Amid Cardinals Drama

The 2022 offseason has already been eventful for Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals. The Pro Bowl quarterback went from scrubbing his Instagram of Cardinals-related content to his agent releasing a statement with essentially a list of demands. The recent events have caught the eye of Larry Fitzgerald Sr.

Fitzgerald, the father of the legendary Cardinals wide receiver, has taken exception to Murray’s behavior lately. He didn’t hold back when weighing in on the offseason drama between the 24-year-old signal-caller and the organization that drafted him.

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. calls out Kyler Murray for being ‘spoiled’

Larry Fitzgerald Sr. calls out Cardinals QB Kyler Murray
Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals leaves field after loss to the Green Bay Packers | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The main objective of Kyler Murray and his agent, Erik Burkhardt, appears to be to get the third-year quarterback paid. He’s done some good things in the NFL since the Cardinals drafted him No. 1 overall in 2019.

Despite possessing elite tools and raw talent, everything hasn’t been smooth sailing for Murray, especially in 2021.

As Larry Fitzgerald Sr. tells it, the Bedford, Texas native hasn’t done enough in the league to act the way he has lately. The father of the future Hall of Fame wideout recently took a shot at Murray on Twitter.

“He’s spoiled,” said Fitzgerald. “Brings his Oklahoma offense to the NFL team. Has to catch up, great talent. He’s never been humbled. Keep working.”

Larry Fitzgerald played with Murray in Arizona for two seasons (2019 and 2020). The extent of their relationship to this day is unknown. Still, his father believes the Cardinals quarterback has some growing up to do.

Does the Pro Bowl QB deserve a long-term contract from the Cardinals?

Kyler Murray entered the NFL with plenty of hype after enjoying a phenomenal breakout season as a junior at Oklahoma. He threw for 4,361 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. His performance skyrocketed his stock, and the Cardinals took him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

From the moment Murray arrived in the league, it was clear that he had immense potential. He’s made strides in his development over his first three seasons but still has a ways to go.

The former Sooners standout has thrown for 11,480 yards, 70 touchdowns, and 34 interceptions over his first three seasons. His dual-threat ability adds a different dimension to his game, as he’s racked up 1,786 rushing yards and another 20 scores.

Now, Murray is preparing for the final year of his rookie contract, looking for a long-term extension. However, it’s unclear if Arizona is ready to offer him one. According to Spotrac, Murray’s market value is six years, $258 million ($43 million per year).

The two-time Pro Bowler wants similar treatment to other young quarterbacks who received hefty contracts, including Patrick Mahomes and Josh Allen. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been nearly as good or consistent as either one.

Kyler Murray is an above-average quarterback with elite potential. As Larry Fitzgerald Sr. suggested, the Cardinals star needs to keep working. However, based on the market, Murray likely deserves a long-term contract.

Arizona must figure situation out before it goes from bad to worse

The 2022 offseason started on the wrong foot for the Arizona Cardinals. The embarrassing ending to the 2021 season was bad enough, but the Kyler Murray drama adds insult to injury.

Murray and his agent are demanding a new deal from the Cardinals. However, he wasn’t first in line. The front office inked head coach Kliff Kingsbury and general manager Steve Keim to contract extensions through 2027, per ESPN‘s Josh Weinfuss.

Erik Burkhardt also represents Kingsbury, so he must be happy the third-year coach got the extension. With that settled, he’ll likely be expecting Murray to get his money next.

It’s unclear if the Cardinals plan to play ball this offseason or sometime during or after the 2022 season. However, it would be wise to resolve this sooner than later.

Arizona enjoyed a solid 2021 season until another late-season collapse doomed Kingsbury, Murray, and company. The young quarterback’s recent behavior may not help his cause and might make the team question his maturity and leadership.

If the Cardinals believe Kyler Murray is their franchise quarterback, they should get a deal done. Arizona can’t afford to let this mess trickle into the start of the new season.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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