Kyler Murray is back with Cardinals at OTAs after contract ugliness

Kyler Murray is present at the Arizona Cardinals’ team facility with OTAs now back in session.

The ugliness surrounding Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals may be over with and done.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday afternoon that “Kyler Murray is back in their training facility and expected to be on the practice field for the first time during their off-season program.”

Arizona resumes organized team activities on Wednesday.

With this being Murray’s fourth year out of Oklahoma, one would think he is getting a extension.

Kyler Murray at Arizona Cardinals’ team facility during organized team activities

Arizona may have extended the fifth-year option for 2023 to the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner. However, Murray wants to get paid the big bucks with a longer-term deal. Technically, he could use baseball as leverage, but nobody in their right mind would think he is down with riding the busses in the Oakland Athletics‘ farm system. Even with some leverage, he may finally cooperate.

The best thing Murray can do is play at a Pro Bowl level again and guide the Cardinals into the NFC playoffs, possibly as a division winner. Though Arizona plays in the same NFC West as the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams, the San Francisco 49ers could pull back this season and the Seattle Seahawks are definitely rebuilding. Plus, Super Bowl 57 will be in Glendale.

The last two Super Bowl champions have won it in their stadium. Though the Rams and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers acquired transcendent quarterbacks in the offseason prior to their league titles, something has to give in this scenario, right? Will it be a third-straight home team champion or a team who acquired a better quarterback like the Denver Broncos or the Indianapolis Colts just did?

The only way Arizona is getting to the promised land is if Murray can build off his breakout season.