That's where the 84th Heisman Trophy victor finds himself: torn between living up to the contract he signed last summer as the first-round draft pick of the Oakland A's, and exploring a football life beyond Norman, Okla., as a potential first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
That shift in the National Football League, undoubtedly helped by the success of Lamar Jackson with the Ravens as a speedster dual threat with a smaller frame, has apparently made Murray, once a lock to play baseball, suddenly unsure.
If recent reports are true, it appears the Heisman Trophy just won't be enough to quench the gridiron thirst of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray. That's when Murray would have to make a decision between football and baseball, and one source told The Chronicle that Murray, a possible first-round NFL pick, is leaning toward football.
Thursday morning and floated the possibility of the Cardinals actually trading Rosen and selecting Kyler Murray. While declaring doesn't guarantee Murray will play baseball instead of football, but it certainly increases that chance. - Murray has an invite to big-league camp.
She adds that another revealing sign could come on February 15 when Murray and the rest of the A's position players are due at spring training.
The A's would retain his rights, but they would be in limbo. Todd McShay details how much money Murray can make if he went to the Major League Baseball vs. what he will make in the NFL.
Obviously, Kingsbury is now in Arizona, where the Cardinals own the first overall pick. At present, the only thing guaranteed to Murray in his baseball career is that $4.66MM bonus. He helped the Sooners reach the College Football Playoffs where they would lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl.
In that sense, maybe Murray doesn't have to choose after all.