Athletics expect Kyler Murray to enter National Football League draft

Report: Athletics Expect Heisman Winner Kyler Murray To Enter NFL Draft

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday, NFL teams aren't keen on the idea of sharing their starting quarterback with another league.

Slusser notes that declaring for the draft does not mean the Heisman victor will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A's outright, but it does increase the chances of him ultimately choosing football over baseball.

Oklahoma star Kyler Murray signed a deal with the Oakland Athletics to play baseball following the 2018 season with the Sooners.

Murray was the first athlete in history to be selected to the Under Armour All-American game in both football and baseball. (In reality, it'd be slightly higher, as draft bonuses in the National Football League increase incrementally each year just as they do in baseball.) As for fans hoping to see this generation's version of Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, the report from Slusser and Schulman flatly indicates that there's "no possibility" of Murray playing both sports.

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.

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Last month, on the eve of the Heisman ceremony, it was clear that Murray was torn about which sport he wanted to play. Some pundits have him as a possible first-round pick.

A source told Slusser that Murray is leaning toward football. Oklahoma lost to Alabama in the semifinals.

"When you win the Heisman Trophy, you're going to have a lot of information come to you to be looked at", Murray's agent Scott Boras said at the winter meetings.

Murray plays center field in baseball and, obviously, can't still play for Oklahoma this spring. 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.

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