Something is wrong with Kyler Murray.
The Cardinals quarterback cleaned up his social media accounts of anything related to the team on Monday, and also ditched the team’s official Twitter and Instagram accounts, prompting many questions about his future with the franchise.
Murray has pared down his Instagram account to just two posts, one of which is a Pro Bowl gallery topped with a photo of him with Cowboys catcher and former Oklahoma Sooners teammate CeeDee Lamb.
“The guy is doing what he has to do and I have no control over that and yeah. That’s all I’ll say about it,” catcher Christian Kirk told Jeff Vinton of 12 News. “If I don’t react, I don’t think anyone else should. But like I said his decisions are his decisions and I quit social media but I hear the noise. So I will continue to stay off social media and enjoy my offseason.
Kirk, who spent one season with Murray at Texas A&M and three of his four seasons in the NFL catching passes for him, is one of Murray’s closest friends on the team. He was also one of Murray’s top targets in 2021, hitting career highs in receptions (77) and receiving yards (982).
Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who just completed his 17th season with the Cardinals, also offered his take on Murray’s cleanup of his social media accounts.
“I don’t know, I haven’t spoken to Kyler in a while, but he looked good in the Pro Bowl, he looked like he was having a great time throwing touchdowns there,” he said. Fitzgerald said of Murray. “I just hope everything turns out the way both parties want it to. That’s really what it’s all about for me. I love Kyler, I love the Cardinals and I want the best for everyone. .”
Murray showed a lot of promise before being selected with the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
He made a name for himself in the Dallas area at Allen High School, where he finished his career as a starting quarterback with a 42-0 record and was named The Dallas Morning News‘ Offensive Player of the Year after his senior season.
After transferring from Texas A&M, Murray played in Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs and winning the Heisman. Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns that season.
The Dallas-area Murray legend continued through every stage of his career as he went 8-0 combined with four separate teams at the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. Those victories include three state championships with Allen and a Big 12 championship with Oklahoma.
Murray led the Cardinals to an 8-0 start in 2021 but struggled throughout the season losing four of their last five games. Their only victory, of course, came on Jan. 2 against the Dallas Cowboys — at AT&T Stadium.
“I can’t lose coming home,” Murray said. “It’s the mentality. It’s just how I feel. Again, it’s not just about the mentality, it’s about coming here and executing it and doing it, and the guys feel good when they come back here as well. I don’t know what it is, this stadium, big fans. I don’t know what it’s like when you come back to Cowboys stadium. It’s a great game, it’s the feel that surrounds it. I am happy [the guys] had my back today.
Murray’s season didn’t end the way he or the Cardinals wanted, as they were eliminated 34-11 in the wildcard round by the Super Bowl-bound Los Angeles Rams. Murray threw for 137 yards, two interceptions and no touchdowns in the loss. He threw for 160 yards and three touchdowns as a member of the NFC team in Sunday’s Pro Bowl, where he also completed a two-run Lamb conversion.
As of Wednesday, Murray had yet to make any public comment on his social media cleanup.
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