Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for National Football League draft

Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for National Football League draft

The Chronicle source said National Football League teams would not want Murray to play baseball because of the steeper learning curve for a rookie quarterback and the everyday demands of the position.

Murray, 21, was selected ninth overall in the first round of the MLB Draft last summer by the Athletics. All along, his agent Scott Boras has insisted that he's going to play baseball and if Murray does decide to hit the NFL Draft instead of playing baseball, he'd have to give back a large portion of that signing bonus.

The Oakland Athletics expect reigning Heisman Trophy victor and Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray to declare Sunday for the upcoming National Football League draft, multiple sources told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser adds that there is no possibility Murray could play both baseball and football professionally at the same time.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

Declaring for the draft would not affect Murray's bonus with the Athletics as he could still return to them; a source told Slusser there's "no harm" in looking at the NFL.

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Murray has an invite to the Athletics' spring training camp next month.

"I don't have enough good things to say about him", Kingsbury said of the Oklahoma quarterback.

A source told Slusser that Murray is leaning toward football.

Winning the Heisman Trophy this season at Oklahoma seems to have been a major factor in Murray's decision.

She adds that another revealing sign could come on February 15 when Murray and the rest of the A's position players are due at spring training.

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