The Heisman Trophy victor announced Monday that he will pursue a career as an National Football League quarterback over playing baseball for the A's. With the help of super agent Scott Boras, Murray agreed to a lucrative contract that would allow him to play the 2018 football season at OU before reporting to spring training in 2019.
Naturally the Miami Dolphins who hold the 13th pick in this years draft will be a top landing spot for Murray in many mock drafts. He is officially dedicating himself to a full-time football career, bypassing the opportunity, at least for now, to play professional baseball.
The A's, however, reportedly aren't giving up on Murray just yet, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
Murray was already slated to attend the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February, where he'll be one of the most watched prospects.
While there have been connections made between Murray and new coach Kliff Kingsbury, one of the main topics during the Cardinals' coaching interview process was to have candidates map out their plan to turn Rosen into the long-term quarterback answer. He was expected to received other $3.16 million of his bonus March 1, but obviously now forfeits that. Perhaps he won't even entertain another baseball offer if he receives a good enough opportunity with the right National Football League franchise. It's certainly possible Murray will end up being taken lower than some pundits expect.
Despite having to give back the money, this is still the correct call for Murray. I don't have enough good things to say about him. While there is a provision for a team to get an extra pick in the next draft if it fails to sign a player selected before the fourth round, there is no such provision for a player who signed and then decided not to play. "Something like that is something that is part of our private discussions".