Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

Oakland A's executive Billy Beane talks Kyler Murray as spring training begins

Oakland A's executive Billy Beane talks Kyler Murray as spring training begins

Murray added that he has "started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming National Football League workouts and interviews". You can't blame the league for that, but it does represent how precarious baseball's position on the media map is, as MLB fights the NFL and National Basketball Association for the eyeballs and dollars of fans.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network noted that Murray received about a $5 million signing bonus from Oakland (which he'll have to repay), and if he's the last pick in the NFL's first round, he'll get almost $5 million as a signing bonus and roughly $10 million guaranteed.

The former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and 2018 first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics released a statement on Twitter declaring his intent to play in the NFL. 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. Oakland started spring training workouts Monday and had a locker with a No. 73 jersey waiting for him.

There's officially a big-time quarterback available for National Football League teams to consider. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that".

Murray's accountants will be busy sorting things out now that he has announced his decision. Maybe Murray, who was selected by the A's in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft before opting for football, will impress the Giants - and others - at the NFL Scouting Combine and/or his Pro Day. The A's will retain his rights if he does choose to return to baseball in the future. Quarterback Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in April, will make about $30 million on his rookie deal; Josh Allen, the No. 7 pick, will make over $21 million on his rookie contract, according to Forbes.

If football does not pan out, the A's are likely to welcome Murray back, said Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle.

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