Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kyler Murray is going all-in with football

Kyler Murray is going all-in with football

"I was raised to play QB and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL Championships". "I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove the National Football League decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft".

Murray, who was the Athletics' first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, was due to report to spring training this week, but the A's were losing confidence that that actually would happen.

Two-sport star prospect Kyler Murray says he has chosen to pursue a career in American football over baseball.

Kyler Murray has made his decision. The league's marketing issues have existed long before Murray popped up, but his choice illustrates at some level that, against the behemoth that is the NFL, baseball doesn't have the same tools to turn a player into a household name.

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"Things have certainly changed since the draft", Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president of baseball operations, said Monday, via the Associated Press.

With the Dolphins surely in the market for a new face under center, Murray is no doubt one of the best available options, especially by way of the 2019 NFL Draft alongside former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins. You can't blame the league for that, but it does represent how precarious baseball's position on the media map is, as MLB fights the NFL and National Basketball Association for the eyeballs and dollars of fans.

However, it's not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. "Something like that is something that is part of our private discussions". He already received $1.5 million of his signing bonus and was to receive an additional $3.16 million on March 1. If he's selected anywhere in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, he can expect to earn more than twice what he'd have earned with the Athletics' signing bonus; last year's No. 32 overall pick, Lamar Jackson, signed for almost $9.5MM and will earn the entirety of that sum. Thanks to MLB's draft-slotting rules, the $5 million bonus from the A's is the most they were allowed to give him.

Minnesota's 18th overall pick could prove pretty valuable if Murray falls in the first round.

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