Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft on Monday, as the Heisman Trophy winner said he was fully committed toward becoming an elite professional QB that will compete for championships.
“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray tweeted. “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB and I very much look forward to dedicating 100 percent of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships.”
The Murray saga might not be over just yet, though.
The Oakland A’s, who took Murray in the top 10 of last year’s MLB Draft, are not giving up hope.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic is reporting that the A’s still believe Murray could end up choosing baseball and they haven’t given up on him.
The A’s have reportedly received “conflicting signals” from Murray and they “believe Murray’s statement was crafted by his football agent, Erik Burkhardt of Select Sports Group, to demonstrate an unwavering commitment to the NFL—the kind of commitment NFL teams wanted to hear.”
There are now some within the NFL who believe Murray could go back and choose baseball if he ends up not loving his landing spot within the league.
“Prescient point from one GM last night: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray has power to dictate his draft spot like no one since Eli Manning. If he so desires, Murray can tell a team primed to draft him, “Don’t bother, I’ll play baseball.” Adds a fascinating dynamic,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted.
Prescient point from one GM last night: #Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray has power to dictate his draft spot like no one since Eli Manning. If he so desires, Murray can tell a team primed to draft him, “Don’t bother, I’ll play baseball.” Adds a fascinating dynamic.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2019
So, this isn’t over yet.