Deshaun Watson’s deal is much better than Kyler Murray’s

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Finally, we will have the complete details of the contract granted by the Cardinals on Thursday to quarterback Kyler Murray. Even without the complete collapse, enough has emerged from it to say so, without equivocation or hesitation.

Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson got a much better deal than Murray.

Via Albert Breer of SI.com, Murray will receive $265.69 million over the next seven yearss. Although his five-year extension carries an annual value of $100,000 more than Watson’s average five-year deal, Watson’s contract begins now. It wasn’t an extension; it was a new five-year contract.

So while Murray has a new money average of $46.1 million, he will earn $37.95 million a year for the next seven years. And he’s under contract for seven years, not five. This delays his timeline to get another new contract.

In addition, all of the $230 million paid to Watson is fully guaranteed at signing. Per Breer, Murray’s full signing guarantee is only $105 million.

To be fair to Murray, Watson carried more weight. He had four teams at the table, and when he said “no thanks” to the Browns, the Browns realized they had to raise the bar in order to avoid having to mend the fences with Baker Mayfield. So the Browns went all-in, offering a five-year, fully guaranteed, $230 million deal.

Murray didn’t have anything close to that. He was under contract for two more years, with the franchise tag dancing thereafter. The Cardinals had shown no willingness to trade him. Although there was a Watson-style competition for Murray if he had been commercially available, he was not. Arizona held the cards. Murray got the best deal possible, given his situation.

Still, Watson’s deal is much better. Mainly because he managed to land in much better circumstances. Even with all these misconduct allegations against him.

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