Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for National Football League draft

Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for National Football League draft

Oakland would hold Murray's baseball rights in the event he returned to the sport but won't receive a compensatory pick in the 2019 draft if he chooses football, according to Slusser. Murray will not play both football and baseball in 2019, and one naturally would expect that the higher he goes in the NFL draft, the more likely he is to pursue a career in football over one with the A's, who picked him in the first round of the MLB draft a year ago.

He was the ninth pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft by the Oakland A's and was paid nearly $5 million as a bonus.

The Oakland Athletics expect reigning Heisman Trophy victor and Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray to declare Sunday for the upcoming National Football League draft, multiple sources told 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.

The Chronicle story says Murray is expected to declare for the NFL Draft on Sunday. Some pundits have him as a possible first-round pick.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller said talk of Murray staying with football has been "heating up". 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. Oklahoma lost to Alabama in the semifinals.

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

The 49ers and the Raiders hold the second and fourth overall picks, respectively, so if Murray were to go at the very top of the draft, that could make prospects available to both Bay Area teams that wouldn't have been otherwise. "All I know is Kyler has a tremendous opportunity to be a great baseball player and he knows that".

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