Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
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Kyler Murray To Declare For NFL Draft, Leanings Towards Football

Kyler Murray To Declare For NFL Draft, Leanings Towards Football

Murray won the Heisman Trophy this season with Oklahoma and saw his draft stock soar.

According to Henry Schulman and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's expect that indecision to result in Murray declaring for the Draft on Sunday when the deadline arrives.

Murray, a two-sport star, was chosen by the A's with the ninth pick of the Major League Baseball draft in 2018 and signed a $4.66 million contract in June that allowed him to play football for the Sooners for one final year before joining the team. He led Oklahoma to a 12-1 record and a berth in the College Football Playoff by throwing for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Chronicle reported Murray would not play both sports due to the demands on an National Football League quarterback.

Murray was drafted ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft and has a $4.66 million bonus with the Oakland A's.

Declaring for the draft would not guarantee that Murray would choose football, and the A's would retain his professional rights, even if he tried the NFL first.

"I don't have enough good things to say about him", Kingsbury said of the Oklahoma quarterback.

It's still unclear if Murray will leave camp to attend the combine, but a source told Slusser he is leaning towards football. The Sooners' season ended with a 45-34 loss to Alabama in the national semifinals.

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

Murray, an outfielder on the diamond, is due to report to spring training in Arizona on February 15 - nearly two weeks before the NFL's scouting combine takes place.

Kyler Murray faces a very interesting decision this week. But it does increase the likelihood he plays pro football rather than baseball.

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