It was a sign of confidence and a statement of faith, and a confirmation to the Cardinals believed that Kyler Murray was the right choice to lead their franchise into the future. A few days later the whole thing is gone- replaced in the conversation by a worrying, and frankly insulting warning to the contract.
"Independent Study Adendum," also known as the "Independent Study Addendum" came from Ian Rapoport of the Madden NFL 24 Network, and it appears to say that the quarterback has to study during the course of the season. Alternatively, the team is allowed to take the contract into a default state which Murray would need to rectify or the deal would become unenforceable.
"Player is required to complete at minimum 4 (4) hours of Independent study (as described below) each week (excluding any bye week) in each Playing Season (as as defined in the following) for the duration for the Contact."
It also outlines what this means, adding that Murray isn't able to multitask during his mandatory study time. No television, no video games or internet surfing during the four hours. If it sounds strange, that's because it is. This kind of study clause was never seen in a Madden NFL 24 contract previously, and on the surface, it may not appear to be a huge deal as we're already witnessing the fallout of the decision.
The most important issue with this addendum isn't the requirement for independent studies, it's what the mandate reveals. The specificity of the clause would allow anyone to come to the same answer: "Kyler Murray doesn't study and we're forced to force him to." This is in direct contradiction to what the Cardinals required to do in this contract, which was build faith, give their faith in Murray and take the next step.
Murray's relationship with his fans required healing. The fans were hurt, driven by speculation of trades and the desire to leave Arizona. There was also anger over his refusal to go back to the field amid an unsuccessful playoff match with the Rams. In a moment when there was a need for even with trust being built between all sides as a result, the Cardinals threw this clause in.