On Monday, Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray announced via his Twitter account that he will pursue a career in the NFL.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019
Indications had been that Murray was likely to pass on playing baseball and focus on being a quarterback in the NFL, despite the fact that the Oakland A’s used a first-round pick on him last year.
The A’s and Murray discussed a contract that would have paid him more money, but it’s likely he could have made more by being a first-round pick.
Murray will need to return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A’s gave him last year and he’ll forfeit the remaining $3.16 million of his MLB contract on March 1.
The recent buzz is that Murray should not only be a first-round pick, but could be in the discussion to be the first quarterback selected this year.
Murray recently accepted an invite to the Scouting Combine, so he figures to be one of the top stories at the event this year.
During this three-year college career at Texans A&M and Oklahoma, Murray completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 5,098 yards, 48 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,369 and 12 touchdowns over the course of 28 games.