Oakland A's executive Billy Beane talks Kyler Murray as spring training begins

Oakland A's executive Billy Beane talks Kyler Murray as spring training begins

Oakland A's draft pick and Oklahoma QB prospect Kyler Murray announced Monday he will commit to a football career in preparation for the 2019 NFL Draft.

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", the 2018 Heisman Trophy victor wrote on Twitter. "I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the bst QB possible and winning National Football League championships".

"I have started an extensive program to further prepare myself for the upcoming National Football League workouts and interviews", Murray said.

The Heisman Trophy victor has been pushed toward football after an incredible junior season in which he threw for 4,361 passing yards and 42 touchdowns for Oklahoma.

It is very possible - and more than likely at this point - that both Haskins and Murray come off the board before the end of the first round of this year's NFL Draft. They reportedly met with Murray in an effort to ensure he chose baseball, but the 21-year-old announced last week he would attend this month's NFL Scouting Combine.

And as The Athletic's Dane Brugler pointed out recently, "Over the last three years, 10 of the 11 quarterbacks drafted in the first round were selected by a team who traded up to secure the pick". Still Forst said, "We'll focus on what we need to do to make sure that if he comes back to baseball at some point, he comes back with the A's".

Kyler Murray on September 8, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. ESPN reported that Murray will return $1.29 million of the initial $1.5 million payment he received from the franchise and forfeit the final $3.16 million he would have received on March 1 entirely.

Murray says he is following his heart to play football.

Not even Denver Broncos general manager John Elway - the first overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft and 52nd overall (second round) pick of the 1981 MLB Draft - can claim that. And none of that is to knock Murray, but only to acknowledge how brutally hard it is to play professional baseball-likely another factor in his choice to pick the NFL.

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