Kyler Murray commits to pursuing National Football League career and turns back on baseball

Kyler Murray

That Murray himself would answer the baseball-football debate with a tweet at 11:46 a.m.

Murray is a projected first-round pick in April's draft and will nearly certainly become the first athlete to be drafted in the first round of both the National Football League and MLB.

Murray, an outfielder, was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in last year's 2018 Major League Baseball draft and signed a contract that was going to pay him $4.66 million. 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.

He was due to report to spring training with the Athletics on Friday, with club officials still unsure of Murray's intentions before his statement on Monday. "Things have certainly changed since the draft", Beane said. Murray will likely receive eight figures of guaranteed money if he is taken in the first round, so following his heart also makes financial sense. "The situation is fluid right now [based] on a historic college football season that the young man had". "Something like that is something that is part of our private discussions".

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The Texan recorded 4,361 passing yards and 1,001 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns in 14 games in his final season with the Oklahoma Sooners previous year.

Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to throw against the UCLA Bruins at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. He ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores, posting the second-best passer efficiency rating in FBS history.

The Giants have the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, and are considered one of the few teams with a top pick that needs a quarterback. Oakland is now due a refund of $1.29 million of the bonus, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, and Murray will forfeit the future $3.16 million payment. "But he athletically is so gifted and can transition between the two".

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