Oakland A's Desperately Trying To Dissuade Kyler Murray From Entering NFL Draft

Silvia Morton
January 14, 2019

He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's.

The Athletics drafted Murray ninth overall last summer and gave him a $4.66 million bonus, but allowed him to play football at Oklahoma. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June.

According to a report from MLB.com, the league sent marketing executives to a meeting between the A's and Murray on Sunday.

If Murray declares for the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020 and is a first-round pick he would be the first player to be a first-round pick in both the NFL and MLB drafts.

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The Oakland #Athletics have a contingent, led by president Billy Beane, meeting today with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray in hopes of persuading him to forego the #NFL and play baseball for them. According to Mike Leslie of WFAA, Murray wants $15 million guaranteed from Oakland otherwise he will enter the NFL Draft. The situation could result in a decision with league-wide ramifications, as ESPN.com's Jeff Passan is reporting (Twitter links) that if the A's and Murray can agree to a Major League contract that would guarantee Murray more money for sticking with baseball, Major League Baseball wouldn't object.

For that to happen, Murray would be a part of the A's 40-man roster from the start while beginning his minor-league career in the lower levels of the A's system.

USA Today reported Sunday morning that A's president Billy Beane is leading the contingent to meet with Murray, who, before this season would have been widely panned as too short to be an effective National Football League quarterback.

It did not entirely allay fears over Murray's size.

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