Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for 2019 National Football League draft

Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for 2019 National Football League draft

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.

If Murray choses football and does not play baseball, he would have to pay back his signing bonus to the A's, who would retain Murray's draft rights if he played in the NFL.

The Oakland Athletics expect Oklahoma standout Kyler Murray to choose football and enter the NFL draft prior to Sunday's deadline, reports Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.

If Murray, 21, does choose the National Football League, he would have to forego a $4.66 million contract he signed with the A's as the ninth-overall pick - but he could be looking at a boatload of money as a possible first-round pick with a Heisman on his resume.

According to a source, Murray declaring for the draft is not considered to be contractually significant. Some scouts and teams reportedly see him as a first-round pick. At that point, Murray would have to make a decision on what sport he wants to play.

"When you win the Heisman Trophy, you're going to have a lot of information come to you to be looked at", Murray agent Scott Boras told the Chronicle.

Even an optimistic and aggressive timeline for Murray reaching arbitration would put him at least a half-decade away from realizing his first significant post-draft payday in baseball, and it's far from a guarantee that he'd ever be the type of player to command significant arbitration salaries or a significant multi-year contract in free agency. "I know he's signed up to play baseball, but he is a dominant football player, and I would take him with the first pick".

What sport do you think the quarterback should go with?

I've already said the Cardinals should take Murray with the first pick now that Kingsbury is running the show.

Good news, Kliff: You have the first pick.

Murray was selected No. 9 overall by Oakland in last year's draft but returned to Oklahoma for his Junior season, where he won the Heisman after tossing 42 touchdowns compared to just seven interceptions.