Kyler Murray Is Now Fully Committed To Playing NFL Football

Florence Fletcher
February 12, 2019

The wait is over.

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life to becoming an National Football League quarterback".

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an National Football League quarterback", his statement read.

Moreover, while Murray the football player would have the opportunity to increase his earnings significantly after three years in the NFL, Murray the baseball player would enter a system that doesn't reward the most productive years of a player's life.

The Oakland Athletics selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft.

If football does not pan out, the A's are likely to welcome Murray back, said Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle.

That's not a good sign.

With the Dolphins surely in the market for a new face under center, Murray is no doubt one of the best available options, especially by way of the 2019 NFL Draft alongside former Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins.

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Murray, a top 10 pick in last year's MLB Draft, has been flirting with both football and baseball over the past couple of months, refusing to reveal which way he was leaning.

Murray's unbelievable season in 2018 at Oklahoma was his first as a full-time starter for them.

Murray completed 260 of 377 passes for 4,361 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

For now, it appears his dream of playing in the majors is on hold, if not over.

Minnesota's 18th overall pick could prove pretty valuable if Murray falls in the first round.

According to ESPN, Murray will have to return $1.29m of his $1.5m signing bonus and will not receive the remaining $3.16m. The A's will put him on the restricted list and retain Murray's rights, but they don't get a compensatory draft pick. And with baseball becoming both increasingly expensive, professionalized and hard at the youth level-kids who harbor major league dreams are forced into endless travel ball circuits, highly competitive All-Star leagues and expensive private coaching before they've even reached puberty-it's easy to see those would-be Kyler Murrays choosing football or basketball, too.

The reigning Heisman Trophy victor posted a statement on his Twitter account Monday, four days before he was scheduled to report to spring training with the Oakland Athletics.

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