Kyler Murray’s new deal with the Arizona Cardinals puts him in some very elite company in the NFL and incredibly high in one category in particular.
When it comes to contracts in the NFL, there are a number of factors that you need to consider. How much of the money is guaranteed, how long is the contract for, are there any ‘voidable years’, does the team have the option to extend it if they desire, what is the overall value, are there any bonuses, the list goes on.
All these things need to be considered when a team offers a player a new deal, to make sure that they aren’t going to be hamstrung and held back by anything, and at the same time the player needs to make sure that they’re getting a fair deal relative to their skillset.
The latest to go through that were the Arizona Cardinals as they handed out a new deal to their sparkling young quarterback Kyler Murray that sees him under contract until 2028 and will see him earn $230.5m if he sees it through to completion, $150m of which is guaranteed.
Those are just two of the big numbers that we need to concern ourselves with, but when you break it down on a yearly basis, it somehow makes it all the more staggering to see how much he is paid, as he is set to receive just shy of $50m a year.
Now there are some minor things to consider, some years might see him paid more (for instance if they want to front-load it now and then see it diminish so that they have more space to attract free agents in the future), but when it comes to his yearly average, he currently sits #2 when it comes to quarterbacks and their average annual salary.
But who fills out the top ten? That’s what we wanted to find out, so we went to SpotRac and compiled the list of the top ten highest paid signal-callers based on what they will average on a yearly basis:
9 – Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings, $35m per year
A 62-yard touchdown from Kirk Cousins to KJ Osborn 🔥pic.twitter.com/n5rE3vBGqa— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) December 10, 2021
9 – Russell Wilson, Denver Broncos, $35m per year
7 – Matthew Stafford, Los Angeles Rams, $40m per year
7 – Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys, $40m per year
Five years ago today.— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) October 30, 2021
Dak Prescott hits Jason Witten for the game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Eagles. pic.twitter.com/HwxnoKlicZ
6 – Derek Carr, Las Vegas Raiders, $40.5m per year
5 – Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills, $43.006m per year
4 – Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs, $45m per year
Last time the Chiefs played the Steelers:— EDDIE HIGH (@EddieHigh) December 21, 2021
Patrick Mahomes threw 6 touchdown passes pic.twitter.com/EMCHWpVFHZ
3 – Deshaun Watson, Cleveland Browns, $46m per year
2 – Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals, $46.1m per year
1 – Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, $50.272m per year
When you consider that just four of the top ten have won a Super Bowl at this stage of their career, it really does drive home the point that paying for your quarterback might be one thing, but if you pay too much and don’t surround him with the talent to make it work, then that money might as well be going down the drain.