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Arizona Cardinals NFL football quarterback Kyler Murray speaks to the media, Friday, April 26, 2019, at the Cardinals’ practice facility in Tempe, Ariz. Murray was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Football draft. (AP Photo/Matt York)

The Cardinals rookies arrived Thursday, and already more than half the draft class are signed to their contracts – including No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray.

Murray, second-round cornerback Byron Murphy, third-round defensive end Zach Allen, sixth-round wide receiver KeeSean Johnson, seventh-round offensive lineman Joshua Miles and seventh-round tight end Caleb Wilson all signed their initial NFL four-year deals.

“Everything I dreamed of,” Murray said. “For me, being in Arizona and being a Cardinal, I can honestly say there is no place I’d rather be. It brings a smile to my face knowing I’ll get the opportunity of a lifetime to quarterback this team. I just have to work toward that and earn that.”The total deal is worth approximately $16.4 million more that the best offer the Athletics reportedly made to Murray to play baseball. Murray, who had already agreed to a $4.6 million signing bonus with Oakland after being the No. 9 pick in the MLB draft, was offered a contract worth $14 million guaranteed. He would also have been added to the team’s 40-man roster.

Murray’s contract comes with it a fifth-year team option for the 2023 season. His salary cap number was set at $6.39 million with a signing bonus of $23.59 million, figures that were locked in by the collective bargaining agreement.

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“This is just the beginning,” Murray said. “I plan to work as hard as I can, lead this team to a lot of wins and, hopefully, a lot of rings.”The Cardinals picked Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, No. 1 overall in the NFL draft and traded quarterback Josh Rosen, their first-round pick from last year, to the Dolphins.

Murray accounted for more than 5,300 yards and 53 touchdowns for Oklahoma this past season.

The signings mean five rookies in the Cardinals’ draft class still have to finalize their contracts: second-round wide receiver Andy Isabella, fourth-round wide receiver Hakeem Butler, fifth-round safety Deionte Thompson, sixth-round offensive lineman Lamont Gaillard and seventh-round defensive end Michael Dogbe.

Murray and the rest of the draft picks will take the field for the first time Friday, when the Cardinals open a rookie minicamp.

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Arizona moved up to No. 10 overall in last year’s NFL draft to select Josh Rosen, who had an up-and-down rookie season under first-year coach Steve Wilks.

The Cardinals fired Wilks and replaced him with Kliff Kingsbury, expecting the former Texas Tech coach to replicate some of the offensive successes he had in Lubbock.

The Red Raiders were among the nation’s highest-scoring teams under Kingsbury and he had two quarterbacks, Case Keenum and Patrick Mahomes, who led the nation in passing.

Instead of addressing other needs, the Cardinals used the No. 1 overall pick to take Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma they believe to be a perfect fit for Kingsbury’s “Air Raid” offense..

Murray will likely be the starter for the 2019 season opener after Rosen was traded to Miami for the 62nd overall pick — used on Massachusetts receiver Andy Isabella — and a 2020 fifth-rounder.

Current Contract Itemized:

Kyler Murray signed a 4 year, $35,158,645 contract with the Arizona Cardinals, including a $23,500,000 signing bonus, $35,035,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $8,789,661. In 2019, Murray will earn a base salary of $495,000 and a signing bonus of $23,589,924, while carrying a cap hit of $6,392,481 and a dead cap value of $35,158,646.

Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details
Year Age Base Salary Signing Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
2019
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22 $495,000 $5,897,481 $6,392,481 $35,158,646 $24,084,924($24,084,924)
2020
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23 $2,093,120 $5,897,481 $7,990,601 $28,766,165 $2,093,120($26,178,044)
2021
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24 $3,691,241 $5,897,481 $9,588,722 $20,775,564 $3,691,241($29,869,285)
2022
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25 $5,289,361 $5,897,481 $11,186,842 $11,186,842 $5,289,361($35,158,646)
2023
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26
2024
Free Agent Year
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27 UFA

Contract Notes:

  • Fully Guaranteed
  • 5th-year option available
  • Deal will void if he leaves for MLB