ARIZONA Cardinals star quarterback Kyler Murray has received a powerful message from one of his former teammates.
Murray, 25, was urged to “be a man and grow up” by offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum, who had protected the quarterback for the past three seasons in Arizona.
Beachum is a free agent and on Wednesday Arizona Sports’ 11-year NFL veteran Burns and Gambo said Murray needs to work to become a leader.
“It’s not a closed process,” Beachum said.
“I didn’t say he lacked leadership.
“I just think he needs to grow up a bit.
“I think if he has the ability and willingness to grow up, he’ll be fine.”
The issue of Murray’s maturity came into play when his $230.5 million deal included an addendum requiring the young quarterback to study football movies four hours a week during the season.
Word of the addendum spread and the cardinals eventually removed the clause.
Murray was a two-time Pro Bowler prior to the 2022 season.
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Beachum believes Murray is talented, and the veteran offensive lineman believes the former No. 1 overall winner landed the lucrative contract.
“They paid him for a reason, they paid him for his talent.
“He has the ability to lead.
“If you are in this position, we need you to lead more.
You’re the face of the franchise…you have to lead in every way.”
Unfortunately, the 2019 No. 1 overall winner suffered a cruciate ligament rupture in his right knee last season and is currently recovering from surgery.
The Cardinals finished 2022 4-13 after winning 11 games and making the playoffs the year before.
They brought in ex-Philadelphia Eagles defense coordinator Jonathan Gannon as their new head coach in February.
Murray is unlikely to be ready for Week 1 of the 2023 season.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7593243/kyler-murray-ex-nfl-teammate-assessment-arizona-cardinals/ Kyler Murray said of ex-NFL teammates in scathing assessment of the quarterback, “Be a man and grow up.”