If Arizona Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray are still fighting, it’s very difficult to tell.
The Cardinals stopped trading on Draft Day on Thursday night to support the Star Quarterback and win the receiver Marquise Brown from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 23rd overall pick. Brown and Murray were teammates at the University of Oklahoma, but will meet again in the desert.
This move underpins one major area needed by Cardinals, who was looking for a second receiver to pair with the three-time All-Prode Andre Hopkins. Brown caught 91 passes, including six touchdowns, at Ravens’ 1,008 yards last season.
“I am very Strong feeling that the board will fall on the road Arizona GM Steve Keim said. “And I’m very happy that we made this deal.”
Keem said Brown was the high quality receiver the team wanted, regardless of their relationship with Murray. However, the fact that Brown, whose nickname is “Hollywood”, goes well with Arizona’s quarterbacks is certainly a bonus.
Keem looked at his cell phone, explaining his positive reaction to Murray’s trade.
“Fireball text,” GM grinned.
Arizona also received a Baltimore third round pick in the deal. Keem also said that the Cardinal chose Brown’s fifth-year option. This means he has a contract for the next two seasons.
Cardinals wasn’t desperate in every position, but he joined the draft with some needs. Arizona has lost some important parts of its free agent, including the franchise’s successive sack leaders Chandler Jones and receiver Christian Kirk.
The 5-foot 9, 180-pound brown seems to be a logical alternative to Kirk, who is currently with Jaguar. Brown was 25th overall in 2019. This is about the same pick that the Cardinal gave up buying him three years later.
“The more playmakers, the better,” said Cardinals coach Cliff Kingsbury.
Brown and Murray played together at college for the Snurs in 2018, when Murray won the Heisman Trophy. They are now together in the NFL of the team built to win.
Arizona is almost always a rising team since drafting Murray, who was ranked number one overall in 2019.
The Cardinals set a 5-10-1 record for the newcomer season in Murray and improved to 8-8 in 2020. Last season started with seven consecutive victories, improved to 10-2, and then lost four out of five games to end the regular season. Final Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams easily defeated the Cardinals 34-11 in the Wild Card Round.
The Cardinals suffered an attack during a plunge later in the season after Hopkins was injured. Brown offers them another high-quality option in case Hopkins misses anytime next season.
The collapse of Arizona in the second half of the season caused friction in the franchise. Murray and the team have a passive / aggressive contract because the two pro bowlers are looking for a favorable long-term contract.
Both sides Seems to be in better condition As of the last few weeks. Adding brown probably doesn’t hurt.
The Cardinals have won linebackers on their first round of picks in each of the last two years. Isaiah Simmons was 8th overall in 2020 and Zaven Collins was 16th in 2021. Simmons has grown into an important part of Arizona’s defense. Collins was up and down in the rookie season, but the team is still encouraged about his long-term future.
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