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NFL - US Sports: Cardinals retain receiver but face Murray wait

A.J. Green has agreed to a new one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, but a report on Thursday indicated quarterback Kyler Murray is prepared to hold out until he gets the contract extension he wants.

Murray, 25/1 to be named the next Offensive Player of the Year, is adamant about getting a new contract before he suits up for the 2022 season.

The former first overall draft pick is set to make around $5.5 million in the fourth year of his rookie contract.

Murray future still uncertain

The Cardinals have been reticent to mortgage their future for Murray amid reports that his maturity and leadership had been questioned by some within the organisation.

The 24-year-old, who scrubbed any references to the Cardinals from his Instagram account after the Pro Bowl in February, called the reports "nonsense" at the time, but there seemingly hasn't been any developments regarding the long-term contract he desires.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported on Thursday that Murray is not expected to play unless he gets a new deal, per sources informed of the decision.

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That is a situation that looks set to rumble on through the summer until one of the two parties blinks prior to training camp in July.

Green signs on

But the team announced that 33-year-old receiver Green will be playing on new terms in 2022 in what seems a sensible decision for both sides.

Arizona needed to retain a reliable receiver following the free-agency departure of Christian Kirk to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Green was already familiar with Kliff Kingsbury's modified spread offense after last season.

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