Murray announced his decision to exclusively concentrate on the gridiron Monday on Twitter.
Moreover, while Murray the football player would have the opportunity to increase his earnings significantly after three years in the NFL, Murray the baseball player would enter a system that doesn't reward the most productive years of a player's life.
"I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming National Football League workouts and interviews", added Murray.
While it certainly seemed to be headed this way for a while now, dynamic-if-undersized Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who had been a first-round draft pick of baseball's Oakland A's (and received a $4 million bonus for it, which he will basically give up), has officially chosen to forego baseball for now and put all his time and effort into playing in the NFL.
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However, Murray had a brilliant college football season in 2018, passing for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns for Oklahoma. 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.
Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson are the highest-profile dual-sport stars, as both played baseball and football at the same time in the 1990s. Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him a year ago, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan.
However, it's not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma. And with baseball becoming both increasingly expensive, professionalized and hard at the youth level-kids who harbor major league dreams are forced into endless travel ball circuits, highly competitive All-Star leagues and expensive private coaching before they've even reached puberty-it's easy to see those would-be Kyler Murrays choosing football or basketball, too. We could even see another team offer the Vikings a haul, likely including multiple first-round picks, in order to draft the 2018 Heisman victor.
It is being reported by ESPN's Jeff Passan that Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money back to the A's.
The Broncos were undoubtedly interested in Mayfield last year, which has me wondering if they are going to show any interest in Kyler Murray this year.