The Arizona Cardinals enjoyed a stellar start to the 2021 NFL season, racing to a 7-0 record, while franchise quarterback Kyler Murray was receiving early shouts to be MVP.
However, the Cardinals suffered a disappointing end to the season, finishing with an 11-6 record behind the 12-5 LA Rams in the NFC West.
That set up a wild-card clash with the Rams for a chance for the Cardinals to piece together a play-off run, but Murray and Co. disappointed in the game, with the quarterback only completing 55% of his passes for a measly 137 yards and no touchdowns.
With the campaign ending on a downnote, things only got worse as the side got tangled up in contract talks with Murray, who currently is entering his fourth season of his rookie contract.
As a result of the negotiations, Murray cleansed his social media pages of anything Cardinals-related, and it inevitably resulted in rumours of a trade.
With the draft now just a week away, the rumours have resurfaced, and Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was questioned on Murray's role in Arizona.
But when asked if Murray could be traded in the offseason, Keim replied emphatically.
"Really the way we've approached it is we have free agency, we have the draft and then we'll take a deep breath and sort of refocus. That's the same reason that every other player that's been a third-year quarterback has done in the middle of summer to late summer and it's no different for us.
"It's just sort of the way that the system works. Nothing has changed as far as him being our long-term and short-term quarterback."
Surprisingly, despite Murray seeming frustrated with the Cardinals this offseason, the 24-year-old quarterback took to social media to echo Keim's statement.
"I wanna win Super Bowls with the Cardinals," Murray tweeted, "AZ is home."
With Murray now seeming likely to stay put at the State Farm Stadium, the Cardinals will be hoping for another fast start to the upcoming 2022 season, although the second half of the campaign will need improvement.