Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Kyler Murray is going all-in with football

Kyler Murray is going all-in with football

It took former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray just seven words to let everybody know he was leaving the Sooners after the 2018 season. Murray must return six-sevenths of the money he received, or $1,285,714.

The reigning Heisman Trophy victor posted a statement on his Twitter account Monday, four days before he was scheduled to report to spring training with the Oakland Athletics. Yes, the Heisman Trophy victor will attend the National Football League combine at the end of this month and enter the National Football League draft in late April, intending to prove to National Football League decision-makers "that I am the franchise QB in this draft". But there is little question Murray has a chance to create a little havoc on draft's Thursday night, and where he might land will be one of the draft's central storylines over the next few months. Murray dazzled on the gridiron for the Sooners, throwing for 3,674 yards and 37 touchdowns and while rushing for 853 yards and 11 scores.

Oakland had a locker with a No. 73 jersey waiting for Murray at its facility in suburban Phoenix.

Nobody at the National Football League level's been a more unabashed fan of Kyler Murray than Kliff Kingsbury has, and the man who just so happens to be the newly-minted coach of the Arizona Cardinals clearly has a top grade on the QB. "We've known all along this was a possibility". Regardless where he goes, his earnings will be capped by the National Football League draft slotting system, so the Oakland org will at least have a chance to submit a final, higher bid.

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Passan says the A's will put Murray on the restricted list and retain his rights, but they will not get another draft pick. He led OU to the Big 12 title and a College Football Playoff appearance, winning the Heisman Trophy in the process.

"Things have certainly changed since the draft", Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president of baseball operations, said before the announcement. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that".

A's manager Bob Melvin added: "He's one of those rare athletes, who I think any sport that he played, he'd probably excel at".

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