Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

Kyler Murray chooses the National Football League over baseball

Dolphins rumors: Kyler Murray ‘would make a lot of sense’ for Miami Kyler Murray announces major decision about future in the NFL
Cassandra Castillo | 11 February, 2019, 23:54

Former star Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has officially made a decision on his future, announcing whether he'll be pursuing a career in the Major League Baseball or the NFL.

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", Murray said in Monday's statement. "I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 (percent) of myself to being the best QB possible and winning National Football League championships".

Now, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Murray will have to return a significant portion of his baseball signing bonus.

The A's selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft and gave him a $4.66 million signing bonus.

The Heisman Trophy victor has been pushed toward football after an incredible junior season in which he threw for 4,361 passing yards and 42 touchdowns for Oklahoma.

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Now, we wait to see how he does at the combine, and all his workouts going forward. He led OU to the Big 12 title and a College Football Playoff appearance, winning the Heisman Trophy in the process. The redshirt junior, who transferred from Texas A&M, threw for 3,674 yards and 37 touchdowns.

The A's remained optimistic as the offseason wore on, and manager Bob Melvin expected him to be at spring training.

In exchange for a more immediate payday and a quicker path to competing at his sport's highest level, of course, Murray will play a much more physically demanding game that comes with a heightened risk of both short- and long-term injury.

Murray's decision means the A's lose a potential marketable star, but losing the former first-round pick doesn't necessarily spell disaster for the organization. Even if a team wants to trade up for a QB, they may not need to pay the freight needed to get to No. 1, instead targeting a lower pick in the top 5. Oakland will put him on the restricted list for the time being, though that move is purely a formality for now, given the emphatic nature of Murray's announcement. But there is little question Murray has a chance to create a little havoc on draft's Thursday night, and where he might land will be one of the draft's central storylines over the next few months.

He'll make history, but barring a change of heart now or down the line, that piece of trivia will be the only lasting memory of his time with the A's.

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