Athletics expect Kyler Murray to enter National Football League draft

Athletics expect Kyler Murray to enter National Football League draft

Athletics expect Kyler Murray to enter National Football League draft

The Athletics may be playing things cool at the moment, but Murray's decision to entertain the draft process should be setting off alarm bells in the Bay. The deadline for underclassmen to do so is on Monday.

Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder whom Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A's outright, but it certainly increases the chances that Oklahoma's quarterback will decide to go pro in football rather than baseball.

Murray has an invite to the Athletics' spring training camp next month. Todd McShay details how much money Murray can make if he went to the Major League Baseball vs. what he will make in the NFL. And that G.M., who needs to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, has pegged Murray as a first-round pick, lack of height notwithstanding. Spring training for the A's opens on February 15, and it appears unlikely Murray would be able to prepare for the NFL scouting combine at the same time as attending his first major league baseball camp.

After his team lost to Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal, Murray was mum about his future. The Red Raiders obviously missed out on him twice, as he chose to play at two other Big 12 schools, but they've had to prepare for him three times going back to 2015. "I've always been a guy with many options". The days of athletes like Jackson, Sanders and Jordan wowing us on the gridiron and baseball diamond are in the past.

Entering the draft doesn't necessarily mean that Murray will forgo his commitment to the Athletics, but Slusser and Schulman report that one source indicated to them that Murray is indeed leaning toward selecting football as his profession rather than baseball.

In that sense, maybe Murray doesn't have to choose after all.

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