Kyler Murray says he's fully committed to being an National Football League quarterback

Annette Crawford
February 11, 2019

Kyler Murray has made his choice.

While Murray will be participating in both the NFL Combine and NFL Draft despite already being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, it remains to be seen as to where exactly the reigning Heisman Trophy victor will come off the board come late April. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. 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". Even Monday morning, A's manager Bob Melvin was cautiously optimistic Murray would report to the team's spring training, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Oakland drafted Murray with the ninth overall pick last June.

Murray, after a record-setting season as the quarterback at Oklahoma, was listed among National Football League combine participants last week, but it wasn't immediately clear which sport he was going to pursue.

Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him. He forfeits the remaining $3.16 million, due March 1. The 21-year-old could be a first-round pick in the NFL draft in April, which would make him the first athlete selected in the first round of the MLB and NFL drafts, according to the NFL's research department. 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. The A's will put him on the restricted list and retain Murray's rights, but they don't get a compensatory draft pick.

Murray was already slated to attend the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February, where he'll be one of the most watched prospects.

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