Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Kyler Murray walks away from $4m as he chooses National Football League over MLB

Kyler Murray walks away from $4m as he chooses National Football League over MLB

While it certainly seemed to be headed this way for a while now, dynamic-if-undersized Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who had been a first-round draft pick of baseball's Oakland A's (and received a $4 million bonus for it, which he will basically give up), has officially chosen to forego baseball for now and put all his time and effort into playing in the NFL.

Oakland selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

That Murray himself would answer the baseball-football debate with a tweet at 11:46 a.m. He is now training for the NFL Draft in April and is set to participate in the league's upcoming scouting combine. 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. "Kyler Murray would make a lot of sense in that situation given that Miami loved Baker Mayfield past year". "I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the bst QB possible and winning National Football League championships". I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews.

Oakland A's draft pick and Oklahoma QB prospect Kyler Murray announced Monday he will commit to a football career in preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft. 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.

At the end of the college football season, he talked about pursuing both sports simultaneously.

"Quarterback is a very demanding position, as is being a Major League baseball player", Beane said.

However, it's not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. He also rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 more scores. In fact, he wrote: "I was raised to play QB". "But he athletically is so gifted and can transition between the two".

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