Kyler Murray commits to pursuing National Football League career and turns back on baseball

Kyler Murray commits to pursuing National Football League career and turns back on baseball

The Oklahoma Sooners Heisman victor announced Monday on Twitter that that he was "firmly and fully committing" his life to "becoming an National Football League quarterback". It's going to be a lot of fun to see him play in the NFL. If he's selected anywhere in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, he can expect to earn more than twice what he'd have earned with the Athletics' signing bonus; last year's No. 32 overall pick, Lamar Jackson, signed for almost $9.5MM and will earn the entirety of that sum.

Kyler Murray has tweeted that he is "fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback", answering the question of whether he will choose football or baseball.

But Murray was as good as any player in college football last season, throwing for 4,631 yards, rushing for 1,001 yards and amassing 54 total touchdowns. But that narrative has changed (albeit pre-Scouting combine) and most think Murray will indeed be a first-round pick.

It is very possible - and more than likely at this point - that both Haskins and Murray come off the board before the end of the first round of this year's NFL Draft. The Jets could be one of them. 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. The A's will retain his rights if he does choose to return to baseball in the future. Beyond that, Murray won't have to spend the next few years playing in largely empty minor league parks, nor will he spend the first two to three seasons of his career earning roughly the league minimum, as he'd have done as a pre-arbitration MLB player. And none of that is to knock Murray, but only to acknowledge how brutally hard it is to play professional baseball-likely another factor in his choice to pick the NFL.

Part of that is because they have been linked to Murray in the pre-draft process. He helped Oklahoma win a Big 12 title and reach the College Football Playoff while becoming the second consecutive Sooner to win the Heisman Trophy. As an outfielder, Murray had a great year for the Sooners in 2018, batting.296 with 10 home runs and 47 runs batted in.