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Kyler Murray Picks NFL over Major League Baseball

12 February, 2019, 06:40 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Dolphins rumors: Kyler Murray ‘would make a lot of sense’ for Miami

Murray put together one of the single greatest seasons in college football history with over 5,300 yards of total offense to go along with 54 touchdowns, while beating out Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa for the Heisman Trophy. The Sooners defeated the Longhorns, 39-27.

Murray has already begun training in preparation for April's NFL Draft, his statement said.

Now for the first time since the drama of baseball or football became a reality, Murray is saying no thanks to the A's and heading to the NFL.

Murray added that he's already started an "extensive training program" to prepare for the upcoming National Football League scouting combine. More specifically, ESPN's Jeff Passan tweets that Murray will return $1.29MM of the $1.5MM of his signing bonus that has been paid out to him so far. The 21-year-old is eligible for this year's National Football League draft, which takes place in April and if he is picked in the first-round, as many pundits believe he will be, he would receive a sizable signing bonus.

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Kyler Murray has officially chosen football over baseball. The deal called for him to receive $1.5 million after approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1.

If Jacksonville wants to add a quarterback to their roster through the NFL Draft, it would appear they could have to trade up to grab one.

"Things have certainly changed since the draft", Beane said. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that".

While this wasn't entirely surprising given Murray's ascent on the gridiron since the A's chose him with the ninth overall pick in June, it did seem to catch Oakland a bit off guard.

In his lone season as the full-time starter at Oklahoma, Murray was electrifying. The dearth of high-level quarterback candidates in this draft doesn't hurt Murray for sure, and now, we'll have to see how this could impact the Cardinals - picking no. 1 overall - if at all.

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