Arizona Cardinals-Kyler Murray saga takes another turn, plus will pair of NBA stars miss playoff time?

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THE ARIZONA CARDINALS

Did you think we were done with all the quarterback drama this NFL offseason? Think again.

The cardinals I have not made a long term offer to Kyler Murray however, and now, the franchise quarterback reportedly won’t suit up for Arizona in 2022 without a new contract. Murray is scheduled to enter the final year of his rookie contract, but the Cardinals may choose to exercise their fifth-year option. The Arizona quarterback recently stated that he “wasn’t overly concerned about my future as a Cardinal,” but his agent, Erik Burkhardt, told the team a few weeks ago that he was “withdrawing his initial proposal (for a new deal) out.” of the table”. and now “there are no negotiations”.

Murray is coming off a season in which he garnered the following accolades:

  • pulled for 3,787 passing yards, 24 touchdowns while also running for 423 yards and five touchdowns
  • made its second consecutive Pro Bowl
  • played in his first playoff game in the NFC wild card round against the Los Angeles Rams

It’s clear the Cardinals have a budding superstar on their hands in Murray and they certainly don’t want to lose him. With the recent fully guaranteed contract Deshaun Watson received from the Cleveland Browns, Murray may want to set the market once again on any new deal with Arizona.

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Will Stephen Curry or Luka Doncic play this weekend? πŸ€

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With play-in games set to wrap up on Friday, the The NBA playoffs will officially start this weekend. With that in mind, the state of two of the biggest stars in sports they are focusing.

If Doncic misses multiple games in that series, it’s hard to imagine the Mavericks being able to get past the Jazz, who won three of their last four regular-season games.

Curry has been out of the lineup since March 16. when he suffered a foot injury against the Boston Celtics. He participated in a scrimmage with the Warriors on Thursday and appears ready to play. Having him back in the lineup would be a huge feather in Golden State’s cap. After all, the Warriors have only briefly had their big three of Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the floor together at the same time this season.

Why Sam Howell Should Be the First QB Picked in the NFL Draft

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Don’t look now, but the 2022 NFL Draft is almost here (April 28). In recent months, there has been quite a bit of debate about which quarterback will be anointed as the next big star to blossom at the NFL level.

For CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso, the first quarterback chosen should be former North Carolina star Sam Howell.

  • To transfer: “…if Howell has quality receivers and running backs around him, we’ve seen what he can do, and he’s borderline special. Not an elementary stat drop here, but 68 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in over 9 yards per attempt as a freshman and sophomore is what elevated his stock to draft-high heights prior to his junior campaign.”

Entering the 2021 college football season, Howell was expected to be the crown jewel of the 2022 draft class. He was coming off a season in which he completed 68.1 percent of his passes, threw for 3,586 yards and threw 30 touchdowns. Howell would likely have been one of the top 5-10 picks and likely would have been the first off-the-board signal-caller.

Instead, Howell wrestled throughout the 2021 season after skill position players like Javonte Williams, Dyami Brown and Dazz Newsome dropped out of school to pursue their NFL dreams. The junior quarterback he completed just 62.5 percent of his passeshe threw for 3,056 passing yards and had 24 touchdown passes while also throwing a career-high nine interceptions.

Howell’s biggest competition in the draft is former Pittsburgh Star QB Kenny Pickett. Any one of them is likely to be taken with at least the sixth pick by the Panthers.

Kansas players looking to cash in on NIL deals πŸ€

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The legalization of name, image and likeness agreements for collegiate athletes has completely altered the landscape of collegiate athletics. The next step in all of that, as our college basketball writer Matt Norlander explains, has to do with how the players on Kansas’ 2022 national championship team have the opportunity to reset the market when it comes to NIL opportunities.

  • Norlander: “The world of NIL has exploded with a variety of individual opportunities to earn money. What Kansas is doing here is a twist on that: It’s for the whole team. A community experience. It’s a way for everyone from Agbaji and McCormack to the walk-ons, to capitalize on their accomplishments. A wonderful thing, and the latest example of NIL rights for players enhancing the experience for college athletes.”

Members of the Jayhawks’ national starting team are scheduled to embark on something of a publicity tour to celebrate the tremendous achievement. All members of the team’s roster will be in attendance, including Final Four MVP Ochai Agbaji and star center David McCormack.

  • The Kansas players will visit a high school in nearby Wichita, Kansas, where they will sign autographs for fans. In addition, fans will be able to participate in a VIP dinner and tickets are being sold between $30 and $125. Team members will receive 70 percent of ticket revenue for this event.
  • Any Kansas national championship team that is sold will lead to 100 percent of the profits go to the pockets of the players.

Kansas winning a national championship and going on a publicity tour like this is going to change the whole landscape when it comes to NIL deals.

What we’re watching on Friday πŸ“Ί

πŸ€ Falcons in Cavaliers7:30 p.m. on ESPN
πŸ€ Pelicans at Clippers22:00 on TNT

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