Latest On Kyler Murray, Athletics

Ross Houston
January 14, 2019

The A's are considering offering the Heisman Trophy victor more guaranteed money to honor his baseball deal and not declare for the NFL draft, league sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN.

Major League Baseball clearly understands Murrays' dynamism.

Last week, the Athletics were dealt a huge blow when they found out that Kyler Murray would likely forego playing baseball for them and enter his name into the NFL Draft instead. The situation could result in a decision with league-wide ramifications, as's Jeff Passan is reporting (Twitter links) that if the A's and Murray can agree to a Major League contract that would guarantee Murray more money for sticking with baseball, Major League Baseball wouldn't object.

However, the Oklahoma QB wouldn't necessarily lose guaranteed money if he chooses football.

Per Spotrac, first-round picks in the 2018 National Football League draft received signing bonuses ranging from $4.97 million (No. 32 pick Lamar Jackson) to $21.85 million (No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield).

Murray already received a $5 million bonus from the A's back in June. With multiple teams reportedly putting first-round grades on Murray, though, and believing they can scheme around his deficiencies in size by taking advantage of his superior athleticism, the prospect of Murray leaving baseball behind is real.

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

But that won't happen without a final push from the Athletics to keep the Bedford, Texas, native in baseball. From a marketing perspective, Murray could become one of baseball's most visible athletes from day one.

But since National Football League contracts aren't fully guaranteed, Murray could risk leaving lots of cash on the table if he were to be seriously injured or if he didn't perform up to expectations. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later. Normally draft picks receive a minor league contract in which the money is non-guaranteed beyond a signing bonus.

That must be one hefty pro/con list.

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