Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Kyler Murray Wants $15 Million To Play For The Oakland A’s

Kyler Murray Wants $15 Million To Play For The Oakland A’s

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday, NFL teams aren't keen on the idea of sharing their starting quarterback with another league. 9 overall pick by the Oakland A's in 2018, but all indications point to Murray favoring football. Along the way, he became the second straight Oklahoma quarterback, joining Baker Mayfield, to win the Heisman.

Oakland would have to add Murray to the 40-man roster to make such changes.

"He's either going to be a Major League Baseball star or he's going to be a Pro Bowler", Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said.

Whether the A's are willing to give Murray a major league deal or meet his financial demands remained unclear after the meeting.

The chances seem high at this point that Murray, who projects to be one of the first quarterbacks taken, will enter the draft. He is due into A's camp, where he planned on joining the major league players, by February 15.

So while Murray's signing bonuses in both sports could be similar, the risk/reward for his future earning potential surely will factor into his decision. Murray would then be out of options after 2022 and would be subject to waivers to stay in the minors.

But Murray's stock never has been higher, and a career in the National Football League certainly is a possibility, with some projecting the quarterback as a first-round pick, and possibly a replacement for Tom Brady for the New England Patriots. At 5-foot-9, Murray would be the smallest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, but he is reportedly regarded as a potential first-rounder. With multiple teams reportedly putting first-round grades on Murray, though, and believing they can scheme around his deficiencies in size by taking advantage of his superior athleticism, the prospect of Murray leaving baseball behind is real.

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