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

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

Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder whom Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A's outright, but it certainly increases the chances that Oklahoma's quarterback will decide to go pro in football rather than baseball.

News came out on Wednesday night via the San Francisco Chronicle saying that the Oakland A's are expecting Murray to enter the NFL Draft and pursue a football career. Spring training begins for the A's on February 15, and it seems unlikely that he would be able to prepare for football's combine at the same time as he was attending his first major league baseball camp. A source told Slusser that Murray is leaning toward football.

"Some see Murray's size as a factor (he's listed at 5'10" but probably shorter than that), but his skill set is so great teams will be willing to take a shot on him. His agent, Scott Boras, had insisted Murray was committed to playing professional baseball and would attend Spring Training. Some pundits have him as a possible first-round pick.

Declaring for the draft would not affect Murray's bonus with the Athletics as he could still return to them; a source told Slusser there's "no harm" in looking at the NFL. "I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player, and I would take him with the first pick".

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Back in October, then-Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury had seemingly endless good things to say about Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray.

I've already said the Cardinals should take Murray with the first pick now that Kingsbury is running the show.

Conversely, the No. 32 overall selection in last year's National Football League draft, Lamar Jackson, signed a four-year, $9,471,648 contract with the Ravens and quickly ascended to the starter's role in Baltimore.

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