Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray reportedly is meeting Sunday with representatives of the Oakland Athletics, who hope to persuade him to play professional baseball.
The A’s selected Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in the MLB draft in June and gave him a $4.66 million bonus. He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A’s.
Oakland is considering the possibility of guaranteeing additional money and adding Murray to the 40-man roster, according to ESPN. Murray is looking for $15 million to chose baseball over football, according to reports. If he does sign a major league contract, Murray would have minor league options that would allow him time to develop away from the big leagues.
But with his football success, rumors have persisted that he will declare for the NFL draft and leave baseball behind. The A’s are now expecting to lose Murray to the NFL, a terrible blow they’re trying to avoid.
USA Today reported Sunday morning that A’s president Billy Beane is leading the contingent to meet with Murray, who, before this season would have been widely panned as too short to be an effective NFL quarterback. But the 5-foot-11 dual college standout may see the evolution of the NFL offense, with fewer and fewer pocket passers and athleticism a bigger factor than ever, and see his route to stardom.
The deadline to enter the NFL draft is Monday.
–With Field Level Media