Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray was drafted by the Oakland A’s in the first round of the MLB Draft last week. However, he won’t begin his pro baseball career until 2019.
Murray will officially sign with the Oakland Athletics and be introduced by the team on Friday, according to a new report from the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser. As part of the deal, Murray agreed to play just one more year of football with the Sooners.
He will forego his senior season (2019). This fall, Murray will be OU’s starting quarterback, replacing Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.
Oklahoma already released a statement last week confirming Murray would be with the team this season.
According to Slusser, the A’s and Murray have insurance in case he is severely injured on the gridiron this fall.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 13, 2018
There’s definitely a risk to Murray playing football this season, but it seems to be one that he and the A’s are prepared for.
Murray threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 142 yards in limited duty in 2017. He began his football career at Texas A&M in 2015 before transferring.
Murray signed with the A’s for $4.6 million.