After winning the Heisman Trophy, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray might test the National Football League. Murray who was also the ninth overall pick in last year’s Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland Athletics announced today that he’ll enter the NFL draft.
Kyler Murray has reportedly asked for at least $15 million from the A’s to stick with baseball. But in order to do that, the Oakland A’s would have to offer Murray and major league contract thus guaranteeing him a spot on the 40 man roster. That’s a pretty big offer to make to someone who hasn’t played professional baseball. Yet.
Him declaring for the NFL draft doesn’t necessarily prevent him from playing baseball or even eliminate that option. This move is purely procedural as he’s just testing the waters. Who knows, maybe he’ll stick to baseball after all. However; Murray will likely be a first round draft pick in April’s NFL draft. But the A’s have invited Murray to spring training and have asked him to report to Mesa, AZ on on February 15th. Most notably, the the NFL draft combine would conflict with spring training. So if Murray were to leave Mesa to head to Indianapolis, then their may be an issue. And another interesting point will be Oklahoma’s pro day. Usually these happen in March which would also be during spring training.
Kyler Murray has a big decision to make. Football or baseball. The fact that he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics, who are notorious for playing on a budget, may have Murray leaning towards football.
– Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)
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