Though Murray - a likely first-round pick - is declaring his choice to pursue football, the A's will not be deterred.
Murray added that he has "started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming National Football League workouts and interviews".
While Murray will be participating in both the NFL Combine and NFL Draft despite already being selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft, it remains to be seen as to where exactly the reigning Heisman Trophy victor will come off the board come late April. He helped Oklahoma win a Big 12 title and reach the College Football Playoff while becoming the second consecutive Sooner to win the Heisman Trophy. Until Monday. Now, Murray will turn his sights toward becoming a first-round choice in the April NFL draft. Murray used super agent Scott Boras for his baseball negotiations, but needed to hire someone well-versed on the football side of things. He will have to pay that back if he does not report to spring training this week.
The Broncos were undoubtedly interested in Mayfield last year, which has me wondering if they are going to show any interest in Kyler Murray this year. But at least one team that could really use a quarterback appears poised to take a hard pass on the Heisman trophy victor. He is now training for the NFL Draft in April and is set to participate in the league's upcoming scouting combine. Oakland reportedly believes it holds the "trump card" when it comes to Murray, as they can offer him an MLB-guaranteed contract on top of the signing bonus he already received. He also forfeits the $3.16 million that he was due to get at the start of March. This is the argument that pro-Murray fans take.
"Quarterback is a very demanding position, as is being a major-league baseball player", A's executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that". He is expected to attend the NFL Combine to be evaluated ahead of the draft. "Something like that is something that is part of our private discussions".