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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 04:03 AM

Heisman winner Kyler Murray chooses NFL and bails on the Oakland A's

Heisman winner Kyler Murray chooses NFL over baseball and As

By Carrie Muskat, The Associated Press February 11, 2019 10:20 pm
Updated: February 11, 2019 10:41 pm

MESA, Ariz. When Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy, the Oakland Athletics knew there was a chance he might chose football over baseball.

That is exactly that happened.

On the day the As started spring training workouts, Murray said he will pursue a career in the NFL.

We took the best athlete on the board and who we thought was probably the best baseball player on the board, too, Athletics general manager David Forst said. Weve known all along this was a possibility. We knew he had a great option in the NFL, so weve known for a while that there was a chance this was going to happen.

Murray was the ninth overall pick in last Junes baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66 million signing bonus. He is a football quarterback and is eligible for this years NFL draft, which starts April 25.




Then there's this to consider:

MLB rumors: A's Kyler Murray pursuit isn't done despite NFL intentions

By NBC Sports Bay Area staff February 11, 2019 9:54 PM

The As might be hoping Kyler Murray fails so they can succeed.

Its an odd situation, especially since the As believed in Murray enough to spend the No. 9 overall draft pick on him last summer, but his announcement Monday that hell pursue an NFL career has created it.

Even then, the fight for Murrays service hasnt ended, according to The Athletics Ken Rosenthal. Thats because of the following factors:

-- The As can offer Murray a guaranteed contract more lucrative than an NFL team can give him. NFL teams are bound by draft slots, while the As can pay whatever they like, their reputation as a frugal team be damned.

-- The As believe Murrays football agent, Erik Burkhardt, crafted his clients statement to ease NFL teams concerns. The As, meanwhile, were caught off guard, Rosenthal writes, by the statement from Murray, who has wavered in his decision between football and baseball.

-- Last, but not least, the As know Murrays showing at the NFL Scouting Combine later this month will determine much about his draft stock. Rosenthal writes: If he falters at the combine and slips in the draft, the As believe it is not out of the question he would reconsider his passion for football, which is widely believed to be his preferred sport.

So, the As will wait and watch the NFLs reaction to Murray as he either dazzles or fizzles on that Lucas Oil Stadium turf. Many a prospect have.

If Murray slips under the bright lights, it appears the As will be there, with a big contract possibly waiting. Wed all be lucky to have such options.


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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 07:19 AM

1. This is a negotiating tactic, right?

Unless the media reports I read months ago missed the mark (entirely possible), then Murray's preference is to play ball. But he could easily be using the "I'm going to the NFL" ruse to compel the A's to cough up more cash to entice him to stay.

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Tue Feb 12, 2019, 03:52 PM

2. It's looking like it is, and it looks like Kyler Murray's agent is a whole lot more effective...

than Timmy Tebow's agent ever was.

Murray may play football, but his agent, MLB front office, and the Oakland A's are scheming in unison to bend the rules to sweeten the package. They meet Sunday to sort it out.

When the smoke clears, Murray could be ten million dollars richer, placed directly on the 40-man roster, and never even enter the NFL draft.

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