After spending some time mulling over his future, former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray has decided to declare for the 2019 NFL Draft. Murray confirmed the news with a tweet on Monday afternoon, just hours ahead of the NFL Draft entry deadline.
I have declared for the NFL Draft.
— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019
The Heisman Trophy winner still has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus and it can be renegotiated. It was reported that the A’s were meeting with Murray over the weekend to try and convince him to stick with baseball, while opening the door to possibly adding millions to his signing bonus. The A’s selected Murray with the ninth pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.
Murray has made is clear in recent week’s he’s clearly fallen in love with football, maybe more so than baseball. During the Heisman Trophy ceremony last month he said, “I’d like to do both, if possible. But I don’t know how possible that is.”
Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and rushed for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns for OU this past season and helped lead the team to the College Football Playoff semifinals, where they lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
According to ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay Murray could be a first-round pick, which is a four-year guaranteed contract.
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