Vikings Sign Former Cardinals CB, Byron Murphy Jr
The Minnesota Vikings have become suddenly methodical in their free agency approach over the last 24 hours, signing, re-signing, cutting and restructuring their way into cap compliance. Then on Tuesday night, on the eve of a new league year, GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah finally splashed, signing one of the best cornerbacks on the market, Byron Murphy Jr. It’s a 2-year, $22 million deal.
It's a 2-year deal worth roughly $22M, per me and @TomPelissero. One of the top CBs on the market. https://t.co/DhXW2eGVK7— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2023
Who is Byron Murphy Jr?
Murphy is 24-years-old and has four years of NFL experience. Clearly, Kwesi has a type. He is into young players who have yet to hit their potential. Those types of players want shorter, prove-it type deals and, in theory, they should be hungry.
Through three seasons, Byron Murphy Jr stayed pretty healthy, logging about 2800 snaps and playing nearly every game. He suffered a grade 2 lower back strain halfway through 2022, however, and was placed on the injured reserve for the final 9 weeks of the season.
PFF is luke warm on Murphy. Others love him. But one thing is for sure. The Minnesota Vikings have their new CB1.
Excellent signing. A 25 year old CB with nickel and outside experience that thrives in man coverage. Exactly what MIN needed. https://t.co/fdXGEbB2Dm— Jordan Reid (@Jordan_Reid) March 15, 2023
Byron Murphy Jr picks off Stafford! pic.twitter.com/knfV0H0Ayv— Main Team (@MainTeamSports) October 3, 2021
CB Byron Murphy is VERSATILE🔥 pic.twitter.com/F3Wn6YB2qY— vikesinsider (@vikesinsider) March 15, 2023
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan