Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to enter 2019 NFL Draft

Mae Harvey
January 14, 2019

Now that Kingsbury is the head coach of the Cardinals, Schefter says that it's "entirely possible" that he will make good on his promise to snatch up Kyler Murray, even if it means trading his current quarterback in the process.

Beane gave an introduction, describing Murray as a dynamic, game-changing talent who was clearly worth the gamble.

Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of The Chronicle reported Wednesday that a source with knowledge of the situation said Murray "will have to pick one sport because the demands of learning and playing quarterback in the National Football League would preclude him from playing professional baseball".

According to a source, Murray declaring for the draft is not considered to be contractually significant.

Back in June, prior to his first game at Oklahoma, Murray reportedly signed a $4.66 million contract to play baseball for the A's. The Texas native batted.296 with 13 doubles, 10 home runs, a.954 OPS and 10 stolen bases for the Sooners baseball team, which led to him becoming a top-10 pick. That reality, as noted by Baseball America's Teddy Cahill at the time (Twitter link), made the selection of Murray one of the riskier draft picks in recent memory.

"There's no shot", Callis said when asked about the possibility of Murray playing both sports.

What sport do you think the quarterback should go with? The Cardinals hold the No. 1 overall pick.

A source also told The Chronicle that "should Murray stick with his original intent to play baseball, he has been invited to A's big-league camp this spring".

It will certainly be interesting to see what Murray ultimately decides, but regardless of his decision, his future is very bright.

Murray's chances of success seem higher in football than baseball, where he would have to work his way up through the minor leagues.

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