Murray 'fully committing' to being an NFL QB

Aubrey Yates
February 11, 2019

Not exactly the prototypical NFL size - and Chris Grier, the Dolphins' head of everything football, usually sticks to prototypes.

Reigning Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray announced that he will commit himself to pursuing the NFL instead of a Major League Baseball career.

The ninth overall pick by the A's last summer, Murray has already signed a deal with the team for a guaranteed $4.8 million and was expected to attend the team's spring training in Mesa, AZ.

Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders played both football and baseball, but Sanders was a running back and Sanders a cornerback. "I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 (percent) of myself to being the best QB possible and winning National Football League championships".

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Murray made no mention of the A's or baseball in his statement. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming workouts and interviews. Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president of baseball operation, said talks are continuing with Murray, who may drop baseball to pursue an National Football League career.

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.

This afternoon, Murray took to Twitter to announce his decision. The Oakland A's were willing to throw a few million his way, but pro football is just a better option if you can play quarterback. ESPN reported that Murray will return $1.29 million of the initial $1.5 million payment he received from the franchise and forfeit the final $3.16 million he would have received on March 1 entirely.

Technically, the Athletics will be able to retain the rights to Murray, in the event that he ever has a change of heart or is forced to alter his career path.

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