Kyler Murray chooses National Football League over baseball, Oakland A's

Kyler Murray chooses National Football League over baseball, Oakland A's

Kyler Murray chooses National Football League over baseball, Oakland A's

After working out a deal in which he would play his final year of football at Oklahoma, Murray was supposed to then to focus on baseball.

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", Murray said in Monday's statement. Additionally, Murray began his college career at Texas A&M - there and in the past three years at Oklahoma he played in variations of the Air Raid offense run by Kingsbury.

"Things have certainly changed since the draft", Beane said. "The situation is fluid right now [based] on a historic college football season that the young man had".

The Oakland Athletics selected Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft, at No. 9 overall, and it had been unclear whether Murray would pursue both sports or choose one. Perhaps he won't even entertain another baseball offer if he receives a good enough opportunity with the right National Football League franchise.

Second, it appears Murray didn't let the A's know of his decision before his made his announcement on social media. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that". He forfeits the remaining $3.16 million, due March 1. According to ESPN, the 2018 Heisman Trophy victor will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him in 2018.

Murray showed off his skills taking batting practice at the Coliseum in an A's uniform back in June, greeted by "WELCOME TO OAKLAND" on the big scoreboard with his photo. The team also holds a trump card - the ability to offer Murray a major-league contract on top of his $4.66 million signing bonus as the ninth overall selection in the 2018 baseball draft.

Murray will be one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2019 draft and will get a chance to exhibit his skills at the NFL combine February 26-March 4 in Indianapolis and subsequent workouts for NFL talent evaluators ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25-27 in Nashville. At this point, despite concerns about his size, it seems Murray is nearly guaranteed to be a first-round pick.

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