Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray was obviously right in choosing football over baseball.
Aged 24, Murray has just accepted a lucrative contract extension in excess of $200 million.
Financial details have not been officially announced, but ESPN reported the deal was for five years for $230.5 million. The pact would include $160 million guaranteed in the event of an injury, while an amount of $105 million would be fully insured, regardless of the reason.
Having been selected first overall in the NFL Draft by the Cardinals in April 2019, Murray is logically tied to the Arizona club until the end of the 2028 season.
“I have always given 100% for the Cardinals and I will continue to do so,” Murray said earlier this year when asked about his future in Arizona.
“I’m not really worried,” added the quarterback, quoted on the team’s website.
Recall that the athlete had previously been a first-round pick, ninth overall, in major league baseball during the 2018 auction. The Oakland Athletics then called his name, knowing that his future would possibly be in the NFL. To date, the University of Oklahoma product remains the only first-round pick in both drafts. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders are among the few players who have evolved as much in major league baseball as in the NFL, but they had not benefited from such a selection rank in either auction.
Among the richest
With an average annual salary of $46.1 million, Murray would be the second highest paid center in the NFL, behind Aaron Rodgers ($50.3 million), of the Green Bay Packers.
The top 5 richest quarterbacks are completed by Deshaun Watson ($46 million), Patrick Mahomes ($45 million) and Josh Allen ($43 million), respectively of the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Bills. Buffalo.
On the field, Murray completed 69.2% of his passes last year, totaling 3,787 yards, 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He added 423 yards and five majors on the ground. He has already been invited to the Pro Bowl twice.
The highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL (based on their average annual salary):
1 – Aaron Rodgers, Packers de Green Bay (50,3 millions $)
2 – Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals ($46.1 million)
3 – Deshaun Watson, Browns de Cleveland (46 millions $)
4 – Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs de Kansas City (45 millions $)
5 – Josh Allen, Bills de Buffalo (43 millions $)