Oklahoma Sooners dual athlete Kyler Murray has made his decision on entering the NFL draft and to”fully commit” to football over the MLB.
For those who don’t know much about Murray, there are many reason’s this is a very interesting situation that we haven’t seen many times..
While playing both baseball and football in college, Murray got selected with the ninth overall pick in the MLB draft to the Oakland Athletics, getting him a solid contract for a college kid at $4,761,500. He continued to play football and baseball at Oklahoma rather than leaving to the MLB. Murray was succeeding Heisman winning QB Baker Mayfield who went No. 1 overall in the NFL draft.
Kyler Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the Oakland A’s gave him last year. He forfeits the remaining $3.16 million due March 1. The A’s will put him on the restricted list and retain Murray’s rights, but they don’t get a comp draft pick.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 11, 2019
While some people were questioning the decision and what it was based off of, Kyler made it clear that football was his passion.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) February 11, 2019
Size matters… Kyler Murray is only listed at 5 foot 9 inches and thats not an easy route for QBs in the NFL. According to Elias, only five quarterbacks listed at 5-foot-10 or shorter have thrown an NFL pass since 1960. The last was Doug Flutie in 2005. We do have some cases like Russell Wilson and Drew Brees that work at smaller heights, but they too are not under 5 foot 10.
Can the Oakland Athletics get compensation for Murray not playing? Nope. Unfortunately, the Oakland A’s don’t get anything back after spending their 1st round pick on Murray… If he does change his mind though, they do still have his rights in the MLB.
Does this mean he will never play both? Most likely, his NFL contract to come is going to have some restrictions that might stop him. The standard NFL contract prohibits players from participating “in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”