Heisman Trophy Winner Kyler Murray Declares For the NFL Draft, Going Against Oakland Athletics' Wishes

By Kevin Harrish on January 14, 2019 at 4:22 pm
Kyler Murray declares for the NFL Draft.

It looks like Kyler Murray is choosing football.

The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, the final day to do so.

This goes against the wishes of the Oakland Athletics, who drafted Murray with the ninth pick of the MLB draft in 2018 and signed a deal with the team that includes a $4.66 million guaranteed signing bonus, which he would forfeit if he chose to play football.

While declaring for the NFL draft does not necessarily mean Murray will choose football, it's obviously the first step in that process and was something the A's were reportedly trying to keep from happening.

A final decision in less than a month, as A's spring training begins on Feb. 15, and it's unlikely Murray would be able to prepare for the NFL Combine while at spring training.

Murray received first-round feedback from the NFL, according to ESPN, and many expect him to be one of the top quarterbacks taken in the draft, possibly challenging Dwayne Haskins.

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