Cardinals remove 'independent study' clause from Kyler Murray's new extension

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The Arizona Cardinals have dropped a "independent study" condition from the extension of star quarterback Kyler Murray's contract following considerable controversy.

On July 21, Murray consented to a five-year, $230.5M contract extension.

Murray's new contract, which required him to spend four hours a week on independent film study

drew criticism from the media and fans and raised questions about his dedication to sport.

Prior to the Cardinals removing the clause on Thursday, Murray referred to criticism of his study habits as "disrespectful" and "almost a joke."

The Cardinals selected Murray, 24, first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In just his third NFL season, Murray was selected for the Pro Bowl twice in a row in 2021.

Murray concluded the regular season with 333 completions for 3,787 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 14 games.

Murray contributed to the Cardinals' 9-5 record and NFC wild-card playoff place.

Murray, though, struggled in his first postseason start of his career

throwing two interceptions and just 19 of 34 passes for 137 yards in a 34-11 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, who went on to win the Super Bowl.