National Football League prospect Kyler Murray says he is committed to the NFL

National Football League prospect Kyler Murray says he is committed to the NFL

National Football League prospect Kyler Murray says he is committed to the NFL

On Monday, quarterback Kyler Murray announced that he has made a decision to pick football over baseball. "Football has been my love and passing. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove the National Football League decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft", Murray wrote.

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 was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66m signing bonus.

On the day the A's started spring training workouts, Murray said he will pursue a career in the NFL.

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Oklahoma Sooners Heisman victor will have to pay back $1.29 million of the $1.5 million the A's already paid him after drafting him ninth overall in 2018.

The Texan recorded 4,361 passing yards and 1,001 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns in 14 games in his final season with the Oklahoma Sooners previous year.

With the draft now a little under two months away Murray will have to focus on the NFL Combine and schedule a pro-day and he is going to have to answer a lot of questions about his true intentions regardless of today's declaration.

Just minutes before, Oakland manager Bob Melvin had said that the A's remained "cautiously optimistic" that Murray would pick baseball and would report with the team's position players Saturday.

Murray is expected to be high on many teams' draft boards. The Jaguars are in need of a signal caller and have been linked to Murray on the Dallas Morning News website and other publications.

Although NFL talent evaluators gravitate toward taller quarterbacks, the success of stars such as Russell Wilson (at 5-11) and Baker Mayfield (generously listed at 6-1) have caused some NFL scouts to reconsider that preference.

Arizona taking Murray first would be considered a reach.

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