The Washington Post
Clause in Murray’s extension is removed
The Arizona Cardinals removed an addendum to quarterback Kyler Murray’s five-year, $230.5 million contract that mandated at least four hours of “independent study” during game weeks.
“After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract,” the team said Thursday in a statement. “It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in his contract.”
NFL Network broke the story of the unusual addendum Monday. The contract also stipulated that Murray couldn’t be distracted by “watching television, playing video games or browsing the internet.”
At an impromptu media session earlier Thursday, Murray vociferously defended his football study habits in a rare show of public emotion.
“To think I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished in my career and not be a student of the game and not have that passion and not take this serious, it’s disrespectful and almost a joke,” Murray said.
Neither Murray nor the team has given a clear indication of why the addendum was in the contract to begin with.
• SEAHAWKS: Seattle is expected to sign wide receiver DK Metcalf to a three-year contract extension worth up to a reported $72 million, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
The person spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the signing. ESPN first reported the deal, which is expected to include $58 million guaranteed and will keep Metcalf with the Seahawks through 2025.
Metcalf is the latest in a string of top pass catchers to get new deals this offseason. The 2020 Pro Bowl selection was entering the final year of his rookie contract. . . .
Seattle will be without Jamal Adams for an undetermined period after the safety left training camp to seek additional medical opinions about the surgically repaired fingers on his left hand.
Coach Pete Carroll said he didn’t know whether another surgery would be a consideration.
• STEELERS: Former quarterback Ben Roethlisberger appeared on “The DVE Morning Show” to clarify comments last week in which he criticized the “me-type attitude” of younger players, with a strong implication that he was talking about guys in Pittsburgh’s locker room.
Roethlisberger said his comments — which prompted a strong rebuke from defensive captain Cameron Heyward — were not referring solely to his former teammates.
“I probably should have been more detailed, more specific, in what I said,” Roethlisberger told host Randy Baumann. “It’s not the majority. It’s not the majority of guys that are that way.”
“To me, it was a very broad strokes kind of comment,” he added. “Cam and I, honestly, have sat down many times in the last couple of years and had the same conversation. So it’s not like it’s new to Cam.”
• COWBOYS: Dallas signed wide receiver and kick returner Kavontae Turpin, a former TCU star who was kicked off the team in 2018 before pleading guilty to assaulting his girlfriend.
Turpin, 25, was MVP of the U.S. Football League with the New Jersey Generals this past spring. He led the league with 540 receiving yards and had the sole kick return for a touchdown.
• BUCCANEERS: Pro Bowl center Ryan Jensen injured his left knee and was carted off the field near the end of practice in Tampa. Coach Todd Bowles would not speculate on the severity of the injury.
• CHIEFS: Kansas City signed defensive end Carlos Dunlap to a one-year deal worth up to $8 million. Last season with Seattle, the 33-year-old Dunlap had 8.5 sacks and eight tackles for a loss.
• MISC.: A former NFL player was charged with murder after the death of his girlfriend.
Kevin Ware, who played tight end in 2003 and 2004 for Washington and San Francisco, also was charged with tampering with evidence, specifically a corpse, in the death of Taylor Pomaski, 29. If convicted of murder, the 41-yearold could face life in prison.