Kyler Murray chooses NFL over A's

Martin Gallegos, The Mercury News on

Published in Baseball

MESA, Ariz. -- The slim chance of Kyler Murray reporting to the A's spring training camp is officially over.

Murray, a two-sport star at Oklahoma, announced Tuesday via Twitter that he will focus on the NFL draft, scheduled for April 25-27. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback didn't mention the A's in his post.

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," Murray wrote. "Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.

"I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft."

Shortly before the announcement, A's executive vice president Billy Beane said the club had been continuing discussions with Murray and his representatives about the athlete's baseball future.

Beane made light of the situation when asked if he'd draft Murray again considering the circumstances.


"If I get do-overs can I invest in Apple stock 30 years ago," Beane joked. "I don't get do-overs."

Reports surfaced last week that Murray would attend the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, Feb. 26-March 4, after his name was among those invited by the NFL. The A's had hoped Murray still would show up to camp Feb. 15, the club's official report date for position players.

NFL draft experts project Murray to be taken in the first round after his historic 2018 football season with the Sooners.

The A's will place Murray on the restricted list and still hold his baseball rights. But for now, Oakland has wasted the No. 9 overall pick from last year's baseball draft.


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