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Oakland A's Expect Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

Report: Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft Report: Kyler Murray Is “Leaning Toward” Playing Football
Cary Erickson | 10 January, 2019, 13:49

Murray, a two-sport star, was chosen by the A's with the ninth pick of the Major League Baseball draft in 2018 and signed a $4.66 million contract in June that allowed him to play football for the Sooners for one final year before joining the team.

That shift in the National Football League, undoubtedly helped by the success of Lamar Jackson with the Ravens as a speedster dual threat with a smaller frame, has apparently made Murray, once a lock to play baseball, suddenly unsure.

The Oakland Athletics expect dual-sport sensation Kyler Murray to declare for the NFL Draft, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Murray, 21, complicated things by leading Oklahoma to an 12-2 record and a spot in the College Football Playoff, winning the Heisman Trophy along the way.

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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. Oklahoma lost to Alabama in the semifinals. His plan was to go to spring training with Oakland this season and work with the team, but the NFL scouting combine is around the same time and he would likely need attend if he wants to play football.

But his agent, Scott Boras, told ESPN on Wednesday night that Murray "has a baseball contract".

Earlier this week, it was reported Murray would have to pick between baseball and football because of the difficulties that come with learning and playing quarterback in the NFL. Last year, he hit.296/.398/.556 with 13 doubles, three triples, 10 homers, 47 RBI, 46 runs and 10 stolen bases in 51 games last season for the Sooners. "All I know is Kyler has a tremendous opportunity to be a great baseball player and he knows that".