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SportA’s not giving up on Kyler Murray, which could complicate his NFL prospects

07:55  12 february  2019
07:55  12 february  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

A’s still unsure if Kyler Murray will report to training camp

A’s still unsure if Kyler Murray will report to training camp Position players are scheduled to report to training camp on Friday with the Oakland A’s , and the team is still uncertain if first-round pick Kyler Murray will be among them. According to Carrie Muskat of The Associated Press, Murray has a locker and a No. 73 jersey waiting for him at Oakland’s facility. However, the A’s do not know if Murray intends to report to camp later this week, and general manager David Frost said Sunday that team executives have been in contact with the former Oklahoma star’s family.

Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa have put up numbers that in any other year would win the Heisman. But only one can claim college football ' s biggest Kevin Murray , however, later suffered an ankle injury at Texas A&M that damaged his NFL prospects . That disappointment has lingered over the

As Kyler Murray ' s NFL Stock Rises, Questions About His Future Persist. Football or baseball? Murray ’ s NFL Draft stock is rising. So much so that ESPN’ s NFL Draft guru, Todd McShay, said Wednesday he thinks the two-sport star and current Oklahoma quarterback can go in the first round.

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When it comes to Kyler Murray’s commitment to football, actions will speak much more loudly than words. The problem for the NFL team that picks Murray could be that his ultimate action — a return to baseball — comes only after a draft choice has been squandered on him.

Yes, Murray says he’s fully committed to football. But with the A’s still committed to pursuing Murray, Murray’s commitment can flip back to baseball just as quickly as his commitment flipped away from it.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Oakland A’s remain determined to sign Murray to a baseball contract. Rosenthal also explains that the A’s have the power to offer Murray a baseball contract over and above his now-forfeited $4.66 million signing bonus, unlimited by the constraints of the NFL’s rookie wage scale.

Report: Several NFL execs believe Kyler Murray will be first-round pick

Report: Several NFL execs believe Kyler Murray will be first-round pick There are plenty of question marks surrounding Kyler Murray as an NFL quarterback, but the way scouts view him is not nearly as important as the way team executives feel about the former Oklahoma star. For that reason, Murray still has a great shot at being taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jason Cole of FanSided spoke with six NFL executives who believe there’s a good chance Murray will be a first-round pick. However, he will obviously have to commit to playing football before any team invests that much in him. I talked to 6 NFL execs who think Kyler Murray is a possible first round pick.

Getty Images Oklahoma' s Kyler Murray warming up . Professional football just isn’t in the cards for Oklahoma Sooners’ star quarterback, Kyler Size matters in the NFL for a quarterback. Although there are a few passer’ s who could be looked at as ‘undersized’ it’ s very rare that the smaller guys

As the newly combine-bound Kyler Murray decides which sport will win his talents, at least one thing is clear Kiper could see Murray drafted in the top five (2:46). Todd McShay and Mel Kiper weigh in on the biggest storylines of the 2019 NFL draft. Will Kyler Murray show up at A ' s spring training on Feb.

This means that, as a practical matter, the NFL team that drafts Murray could find itself in a bidding war that it can’t win, because its bids will be restricted to whatever the NFL’s CBA allows for whatever spot Murray is selected in.

Sure, Murray says he’s playing football. Per Rosenthal, the A’s believe the statement posted on Murray’s Twitter account was written by agent Erik Burkhardt as a first step in persuading the NFL powers-that-be that Murray won’t pull a Bo Jackson, who opted for baseball after the Bucs made him the first overall pick in the 1986 draft. While it’s unlikely that Murray would scoff at becoming the first overall pick, there’s surely a floor below which his commitment to football will begin to wane.

A's Minor-League Affiliate Has Hilarious Reaction to Kyler Murray Choosing NFL

A's Minor-League Affiliate Has Hilarious Reaction to Kyler Murray Choosing NFL ​Kyler Murray finally made the decision regarding his future, ​opting to play in the NFL rather than pursue a career in baseball. The Athletics will ​recoup most of their signing bonus back from Murray, but will not be compensated with a draft pick. The team's minor league affiliates, the Vermont Lake Monsters, took to Twitter to show their displeasure over Murray's decision, posting a hilarious tweet. He’s the reason for the teardrops on my guitar  We could have been great together... @TheKylerMurraypic.twitter.

Kyler Murray has officially decided for the NFL Draft, but this baseball vs. football saga is only just beginning. Monday’s deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft really only cleared up the football side of things for Murray with a result that became an expectation for the A ’ s over the past

Could Kyler Murray be a top pick in the NFL and say bye to baseball? In his first season as the Sooners' starting quarterback, Murray has been nearly just as good as Mayfield through the air and adds another dimension on the ground with his elusiveness.

When that begins to happen is anyone’s guess. And for the team making that guess, it’s a risk that could be too significant to bear.

That’s why the A’s handling of Murray continues to be brilliant. By not rescinding their rights to Murray but instead remaining steadfast in their interest to employ him, the A’s create what few NFL draft picks ever have: A viable alternative to signing on pro football’s dotted line.

While Murray may be flattered by Oakland’s ongoing interest in him, the reality is that the A’s are doing his football career no favors by continuing to be supportive and patient and possibly ready to give him more money than what an NFL team could offer.

Kyler Murray is picking football over baseball.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is switching gears, picking a football career over baseball

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