Murray was reintroduced by the Cardinals on Friday in a 20-minute press conference, in which he and general manager Steve Keim reiterated their commitment heading into this season.
Murray, for his part, was steadfast in saying he wanted to stay with the Cardinals. He downplayed the idea of having interest in seeking out other teams despite wiping his social media platforms of Cardinals-related content early in the offseason.“Never,” Murray said when he was asked if he had sought out other options. “This is where I want to be.”
Murray has passed for 11,480 yards and rushed for 1,786 more in his time as a Cardinal, and he has 90 career touchdowns. The Cardinals are 22-23-1 in games he has started.
Keim said there was never a doubt the deal would get done. “Not at all,” he said. He explained the delay in reaching an agreement by saying he had to “get through the draft and free agency.”
While the answers were milquetoast, Murray’s dog, Swoosh, made an impression.
— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) July 22, 2022
The Cardinals will be competing against the defending Super Bowl champion Rams and the 49ers in the NFC West this year. Arizona was the last undefeated team in the NFL last season at 7-0 but hit a skid after losing to the Packers in a game in which Murray was injured.
Murray will begin the season having to prove he can be effective without top receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who is suspended for six games after testing positive for a prohibited substance. With games against the Chiefs, Raiders, and Rams, that’ll be no mean feat. But at least Murray knows where he stands with the organization heading into the year.