Kyler Murray Picks NFL over Major League Baseball

Rex Christensen
February 12, 2019

Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray has committed his future to football.

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.

Relating to the Patriots, they will always be interested in quarterbacks as long as Tom Brady is still on the roster since they need to find an eventual replacement.

If the New York Giants were going to select a quarterback in the upcoming NFL Draft, you can pretty much count out the franchise selecting Kyler Murray. Even Monday morning, A's manager Bob Melvin was cautiously optimistic Murray would report to the team's spring training, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an National Football League quarterback", Murray wrote.

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Kyler Murray's mind is made up. You can't blame the league for that, but it does represent how precarious baseball's position on the media map is, as MLB fights the NFL and National Basketball Association for the eyeballs and dollars of fans.

Moreover, while Murray the football player would have the opportunity to increase his earnings significantly after three years in the NFL, Murray the baseball player would enter a system that doesn't reward the most productive years of a player's life.

The Texan recorded 4,361 passing yards and 1,001 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns in 14 games in his final season with the Oklahoma Sooners previous year.

Although NFL talent evaluators gravitate toward taller quarterbacks, the success of stars such as Russell Wilson (at 5-11) and Baker Mayfield (generously listed at 6-1) have caused some NFL scouts to reconsider that preference. Murray will likely receive eight figures of guaranteed money if he is taken in the first round, so following his heart also makes financial sense.

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