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Sooners QB Kyler Murray asks A's for $15 million

14 January, 2019, 07:53 | Author: Delia Walker
  • Report: Oakland A's to Meet With Kyler Murray to Discuss Entering NFL Draft

Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 pick of the 2018 MLB Draft. Mike Leslie of Dallas' WFAA said Murray was asking for $15 million - over three times what his original signing bonus was - to keep playing baseball.

If there was any doubt, there shouldn't be: Kyler Murray has the attention of Major League Baseball.

Some have argued that the guaranteed money he's already agreed to with Oakland would be enough to convince him to stick with baseball and report to MLB spring training in February as the A's hope.

The Oakland Athletics can sign Kyler Murray to a major league deal and offer him significant guaranteed money to choose baseball over football without running afoul of Major League Baseball rules, league sources told ESPN, the latest twist in a sport-vs. -sport battle for the Heisman Trophy victor that's expected to be resolved in the coming days.

Murray and the A's are looking to reach a new deal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.




MLB rules prohibit players from signing major league contracts, which place players on the 40-man roster, out of the draft.

The chances seem high at this point that Murray, who projects to be one of the first quarterbacks taken, will enter the draft.

If Murray picks football, he will have to forfeit his almost $5 million signing bonus from Oakland.

Does Murray see the green dollar signs of guaranteed contracts in baseball, knowing he'd have to wait years to see most of the cash as he first pays his dues as a minor leaguer?

At 5-foot-9, he would be the shortest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, who was listed at 5-10. Murray, a junior, could be a first-round pick if he wants to go into the National Football League draft.

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