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Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft

14 January 2019, 07:52 | Anna Jefferson

Oakland seeks to keep Kyler Murray from declaring for the NFL draft. Is Rangers’ history drafting football players a cautionary tale

Oakland seeks to keep Kyler Murray from declaring for the NFL draft. Is Rangers’ history drafting football players a cautionary tale

If Murray declares for the NFL draft in 2019 or 2020 and is a first-round pick he would be the first player to be a first-round pick in both the NFL and MLB drafts.

One day before the deadline to apply for the National Football League draft as an early entrant, Kyler Murray met with Oakland Athletics' leadership as they hoped to convince him to remain committed to playing baseball. And according to WFAA's Mike Leslie, Murray (repped by agent Scott Boras) is hoping to use that leverage for a major raise.

So even if Murray was the last pick in the first round, he actually would bank more guaranteed money than he now has with the A's.

But it seems MLB is equally prepared to consider all options to keep Murray in baseball, a sport that is increasingly desperate to grow star players.

Rumors have circulated that the Athletics will allow Murray to attend the National Football League combine, but that move would require permission from MLB.

The football Giants have the No. 6 overall pick in this year's NFL draft and certainly could be hunting for a quarterback in the first round after bypassing Sam Darnold, among others, in 2018.




When considering his future earning potential, that's when it gets tricky.

If there was any doubt, there shouldn't be: Kyler Murray has the attention of Major League Baseball. From a marketing perspective, Murray could become one of baseball's most visible athletes from day one.

Things are about to get real wild for Murray, and I can't wait to see what decision he makes tomorrow. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later.

According to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan, Major League Baseball would allow the A's to give Murray a major league contract.

More analysis to come....

That must be one hefty pro/con list.



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