WR Brown kept trade secrets for Murray’s ‘surprise’ 2022-04-29 15:35:22


TEMPE, Ariz. – Over the past week, Marquis “Hollywood” Brown He has a secret that he cannot tell to one of his close friends, Keeler Murray: may be traded with Arizona Cardinals.

Murray tried to squeeze any information from Braun about the possibility of a trade that would eventually send the wide receiver from Baltimore Ravens To the Cardinals, even when the two were working together in Dallas. But while the Ravens were trying to locate a landing spot for Brown, he continued to play stupid with Murray. Whenever Murray tried to summon his internal correspondent, Brown always had the same response: “I don’t know Keeler. I’m trying to find out.”

But Brown knew all along that a trade with Arizona was in the making. Even after it was finished but before it was published, Brown kept it from Murray.

“I can get [told him]”But I kind of wanted it to be a surprise for him, too,” Brown said during his inaugural press conference in Arizona on Friday. “He knew it might happen, but he didn’t know it actually happened.”

Now the two met for the first time since 2018, when they played together in Oklahoma. It wasn’t long after that season that they began discussing the idea of ​​playing together in the NFL. It only took three years for it to finally happen.

After Murray returned to the green room in the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, Brown, who was still on the board after falling due to a foot injury, told the quarterback to tell the Cardinals to return to the first round to enlist him. . Murray said he would do so after the next pick, which the Ravens used to take with Brown.

Their NFL reunion was put on ice.

However, that possibility became possible again after last season, when Brown asked the Ravens to trade him. Brown told SiriusXM that he wanted to end up in Arizona. The Kansas City Chiefs And Green Bay Packers – The team he thought he’d go to in 2019 – were involved in trade talks as well, Brown said, but he knew where his ideal destination would be.

“I’ve always wanted to be here,” Brown said. “Keller and I talked about it in January and February, and for it to really happen, it’s pretty crazy.”

On top of being reunited with Murray, Brown will play an attack “very similar” to the one he managed in Oklahoma. Brown was also hired by Cliff Kingsbury when he was head coach at Texas Tech And he had 125 yards and two touchdowns on the Red Raiders.

Although Brown started hearing last week that a trade might take place, he still didn’t think that was possible.

“I was fortunate to have the opportunity to make a full comeback,” he said. “It’s very good.”

Brown goes from one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the NFL in Lamar Jackson to another in Murray.

“They are both passionate about the game,” Brown said. “That’s what got me and Lamar so close. They’re passionate, they want to win, and each of them is unique. There’s no one like Lamar Jackson. There’s no one like Keeler Murray.”

But letting go of Jackson wasn’t easy for Brown.

“It was very difficult,” Brown said. “It was one of the hardest things when he left Lamar. I spoke to him. He understood, and we were still calm at the end of the day.”

There was one point this season when Brown paused a bit on whether he would play with Murray in Arizona.

As the off-season drama surrounding Murray’s potential extension unfolded this off-season — including a quarterback cleaning up his Instagram page, a message from his agent saying they had made a detailed contract offer to the Cardinals and Murray tweeting that he wanted to win the Super Bowl in Arizona — Brown said he watched Like everyone else. Order his trade before all Murray’s hoopla begins. When that happened, he called Murray and asked, “What’s going on?”

Now, though, he’s confident Murray isn’t going anywhere.

“I’m sure you know he loves the place here, and I know they love it,” Brown said. “So they will find out.”