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Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for National Football League draft

11 January 2019
Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for National Football League draft

Entering the draft doesn't necessarily mean that Murray will forgo his commitment to the Athletics, but Slusser and Schulman report that one source indicated to them that Murray is indeed leaning toward selecting football as his profession rather than baseball.

With a report that Oklahoma QB and Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray may enter the NFL Draft, the Internet was abuzz with where he might go.

While many onlookers note that Major League Baseball's guaranteed salary structure should be more enticing to Murray (or any player), that's somewhat of a presumptuous argument.

Kyler Murray has already managed to become a first round pick in the MLB Draft when the Oakland Athletics selected him with the No. 9 overall pick in June.

"I'd like to do both if possible, " he said. I turned down a bunch of opportunities to be a Trojan and go to USC because of the great program and what I knew we could do there.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

College football fans can dream of an Air Raid union made in heaven of Kingsbury and Murray playing at University of Phoenix Stadium, but there are plenty of obstacles in the way of that reality.

"When you win the Heisman Trophy, you're going to have a lot of information come to you to be looked at", Murray agent Scott Boras told the Chronicle.

It's unknown whether Kingsbury was forced to commit to Rosen in taking the job, but Murray's newfound availability could make for some interesting discussions.

She adds that another revealing sign could come on February 15 when Murray and the rest of the A's position players are due at spring training.