Kyler Murray spurns Athletics, commits to football

Tanya Simon
February 11, 2019

Not exactly the prototypical NFL size - and Chris Grier, the Dolphins' head of everything football, usually sticks to prototypes.

"I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an National Football League quarterback", Murray tweeted on Monday. The 21-year-old could be a first-round pick in the NFL draft in April, which would make him the first athlete selected in the first round of the MLB and NFL drafts, according to the NFL's research department.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted that Murray received about a $5 million signing bonus from Oakland (which he'll have to repay), and if he's the last pick in the NFL's first round, he'll get almost $5 million as a signing bonus and roughly $10 million guaranteed.

Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders played both football and baseball, but Sanders was a running back and Sanders a cornerback. Although the A's were hoping he'd choose baseball, they were increasingly pessimistic the longer his locker in their spring-training clubhouse sat empty.

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"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", Murray wrote.

Kyler Murray has made his decision. "The situation is fluid right now [based] on a historic college football season that the young man had". Murray's locker remained empty on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in the spring training clubhouse of the Oakland Athletics, who say they are uncertain when or if the Heisman Trophy victor will report to the baseball team he signed with last summer.

Murray's accountants will be busy sorting things out now that he has announced his decision. ESPN reported that Murray will return $1.29 million of the initial $1.5 million payment he received from the franchise and forfeit the final $3.16 million he would have received on March 1 entirely. Oakland will also retain Murray's Major League Baseball rights. Murray will likely receive eight figures of guaranteed money if he is taken in the first round, so following his heart also makes financial sense.

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