Kyler Murray Is Now Fully Committed To Playing NFL Football

Posted February 12, 2019

Murray's sparkling athleticism and all-around skillset led the Oakland Athletics to select him No. 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.

"[Quarterback Ryan] Tannehill's time with the Dolphins is coming to an end and the easy fix would be to trade for or sign Nick Foles, Joe Flacco or Teddy Bridgewater", writes Cameron Wolfe of ESPN. The league isn't at fault for Murray following his passion, and it's too simplistic to say that MLB couldn't pay him enough-his signing bonus with the A's was just under $5 million-to play baseball.

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Kyler Murray has made his decision. Murray is a unique case as someone good enough to play both baseball and football at a high level, but the decision of which sport to pursue is one already happening at lower levels, as adolescents turn into teenagers and have to pick one sport going forward. If he's selected anywhere in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, he can expect to earn more than twice what he'd have earned with the Athletics' signing bonus; last year's No. 32 overall pick, Lamar Jackson, signed for almost $9.5MM and will earn the entirety of that sum.

"Obviously the fact that he would want to play quarterback, if he chooses the football route, is a little different than Deion or Bo or some of those guys", Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in November. He'll also forfeit the remaining $3.16MM that would have been paid to him on March 1. He will reportedly repay $1.29m (£1m) of the $1.5m (£1.17m) he received past year and forfeit the remaining $3.16m (£2.46m). I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews. "I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove the National Football League decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft". The A's will retain his rights if he does choose to return to baseball in the future.

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All Murray did in one 14-game season was rewrite OU's record books time and time again en route to winning the Heisman Trophy Award two months ago.

If football does not pan out, the A's are likely to welcome Murray back, said Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle.

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