It won't be long now — we promise — before these summer doldrums are behind us and the NFL is in full swing, replete with intrigue. Who will surprise? Who will disappoint? Who will break out? Who will be the next to get paid?

There's no shortage of storylines as we look ahead to the 2023 NFL season. That's what makes the league so compelling. So with training camps still a couple of weeks away, we made a list of the 10 most intriguing players of the next calendar year.

What makes these guys intriguing? It varies. It might be questions about how they'll perform this season. It could be questions about their contract situation, health or place in their team's long-term plan. Whatever it is, each of the following 10 players offers at least one very compelling reason to pay attention to him over the coming season — and even the ensuing offseason.


Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals

There are so many different ways this year could go for Murray. He could come back hot from his season-ending torn ACL, play his tail off and prove to the Cardinals' new coaching staff and front office that he's the guy they want to build around. He could struggle to come back, play poorly and prompt the new Cards leadership to look elsewhere for its franchise QB next offseason. He could play well enough to convince a team to trade for him. And he could miss the year entirely.

Murray has six years left on the contract extension he signed with Arizona a year ago. He's making $39 million this year, and $35.3 million of his $38.85 million in 2024 compensation is already guaranteed. If he's still on the Cardinals' roster at the start of the 2024 league year, $29.9 million of his 2025 pay then becomes fully guaranteed. Murray's contract is tricky to trade or escape, but if the Cardinals don't fully believe in him by the end of this coming season, they have two first-round picks and six picks in the first three rounds of next year's draft with which to address the position.