The Oakland Athletics expect first-round pick and Oklahoma Sooner Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray to declare for the NFL Draft on Sunday, according to Susan Slusser and Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Oakland and Murray agreed to a contract permitting him to play one more football season at Oklahoma before dedicating himself to baseball full-time, but neither side could have imagined he’d have the season he had. A .296 batting average with 10 home runs last season for Oklahoma baseball. He then lead Oklahoma football to a 12–1 record and a berth in the College Football Playoff by throwing for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Oakland drafted Murray with the ninth overall pick in June’s MLB Draft. Entering the draft almost ensures he rejects his 4.6 million dollar deal with Oakland who were expecting him in Spring training this February. Around the same time as the NFL combine. If Murray chooses to play football over baseball, he would have to return his signing bonus to the Athletics but the they would not receive a compensatory pick for this June’s draft and essentially wasted a 1st round pick in last years draft, something a small market team like Oakland can’t afford.