MLB Insider Has Major Update On QB Kyler Murray

2019 NFL mock draft A's prospect Kyler Murray a projected first-round pick

2019 NFL mock draft A's prospect Kyler Murray a projected first-round pick

While Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the $15MM figure is "too high", she notes that the A's and Murray's representatives from the Boras Corporation "are working on trying something creative to accommodate" Murray.

The eye-popping news comes in the wake of reports from earlier today from WFAA's Mike Leslie, who heard from a source that Murray wanted $15MM in new money to forego the National Football League for the Athletics.

Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 pick of the 2018 MLB Draft.

Top A's executives, a marketing executive from MLB and others met Sunday afternoon with Murray in Dallas, sources told ESPN, to better understand what it would take for Murray to forgo a football career and sell him on playing baseball full-time. The A's allowed him to return to the University of Oklahoma, where he put up historic numbers at quarterback and won the Heisman. Teams are usually barred from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players, as it could be seen as a loophole to MLB's draft bonus pool system.

The Oakland Athletics' push to keep Kyler Murray's baseball career alive has included people from Major League Baseball. That would place Oakland on the clock to promote Murray to the major leagues by 2022 or potentially lose him to another team. The NFL combine begins February 26.

So while Murray's signing bonuses in both sports could be similar, the risk/reward for his future earning potential surely will factor into his decision. At 5-foot-9, he would be the shortest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, at 5-10. The A's last week said they expected Murray to declare for the NFL Draft by Monday's deadline. And the A's now have a choice to make.

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