The wait is over. Kyler Murray has chosen his soulmate: soccer.
The dual-sport megastar announced Monday by Twitter he’s committing to pursuing a profession as an NFL quarterback.
pic.twitter.com/kGePeWhrIdâ Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray)
February 11, 2019
Murray became chosen ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, nonetheless became allowed to play his ideal season of soccer at Oklahoma. He received the Heisman Trophy as a Sooner in 2018, prompting him to reevaluate his future, which has now led him from the diamond to the gridiron.
This resolution didn’t method in a single day, and caps what has been a fairly lengthy route of. The questions surrounding Murray’s future started surfacing come the discontinuance of the college season, and the quarterback — yes, we are in a position to now call him a quarterback — became indecisive publicly sooner than Monday, announcing only one day of the lead-up to Sizable Bowl LIII that the resolution would method “rapidly.”
Murray has determined to stroll a ways from his $4.33 million contract with the Athletics, which referred to as for him to file to gigantic-league camp on the discontinuance of February. He’ll must return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million he bought in a signing bonus from the Athletics last year, and forfeits the ideal $3.16 million of his contract, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Murray’s draft projection varies, relying on who’s making such a projection. NFL.com’s Gil Brandt lists the Washington Redskins, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints as the head three fits for the 5-foot-10, 195-pound quarterback.
Share of the controversy over baseball or soccer entails his ability profession earnings. Traditionally, baseball would pay extra, thanks to an absence of salary cap and careers that on the total last extra. But with the sexy upward thrust of quarterback salaries and the foundations implemented to guard the gamers on the sphere, that gap has narrowed to a level where it will most likely maybe well moreover proceed solely.
Put in mind: If Murray became chosen first overall, he’d land a substantial increased contract than the one he signed with the Athletics (last year’s high capture, Baker Mayfield, signed a $32.6 million, solely assured deal). If he goes at No. 6, where the Giants are picking, he’d almost certainly land a contract fair like that of Colts guard Quenton Nelson, who became chosen sixth overall in 2018 and signed a four-year, $23.8 million deal that’s solely assured.
Whether Murray’s resolution proves to be wise, we might maybe maybe well moreover no longer know for as a minimum about a years from now. There might maybe be ability for history to be made this year, even though:
Kyler Murray would be the principle athlete to be chosen in the first round of the both the @MLB AND the @NFL drafts, per @NFLResearch.â Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano)
February 11, 2019
Subsequent discontinuance for the Murray train: the NFL Scouting Mix, which begins Feb. 26 in Indianapolis.