After months of talk show appearances, mock drafts, and speculation, Kyler Murray has finally decide that he will pursue the NFL and forgo the opportunity to play professional baseball for the Oakland Athletics.
Viewed by many as the most dynamic two-sport star in decades, Murray was drafted by the A’s with the 9th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. However, after a tremendous football season for the Oklahoma Sooners that included 4,361 passing yards, 54 total TDs, and a college football playoff appearance en route to a Heisman Trophy, Murray had to consider his options. After weighting his choices, he embraces the gridiron. In a tweet earlier this week, the Sooner standout said, “I am firmly & fully committing my life & time to becoming an NFL QB.”
Although choosing to play football, the Athletics still retain the rights to Kyler Murray if he decides in the future that he wants to play baseball, but do not receive a complementary draft pick. In terms of his contract with the team, Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money Oakland gave him last year. Also, he has to forfeit the $3.16 million that is due to him by March 1, as he will not be attending spring training.
Projected to be a first-round draft pick during April’s NFL Draft, the only concern surrounding the Oklahoma product is his height. Although listed at 5’11’’, several scouts believe that Murray is too short to be a successful NFL quarterback. Nevertheless, worries about his stature should be resolved at the combine, where all eyes will be on Murray and his unbelievable set of skills. If current mock drafts prove truthful, the young phenom would be the first person ever drafted in the first round of both the NFL and MLB drafts.