Oakland A's trying to convince Kyler Murray to pick baseball over football before NFL Draft deadline, reports say

The Oakland Athletics -- led by president Billy Beane -- are meeting with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in hopes of persuading him to forgo the NFL and play professional baseball, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Jeff Passan of ESPN confirmed the report.

As well, MLB is getting in on the act: 

Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics with the No. 9 pick of the 2018 MLB Draft. He signed a $4.66 million signing bonus with his MLB contract and, up until recently, was planning to report to Arizona this spring to begin his professional baseball career. 

Murray's upward-trending football stock has increased his leverage with the A's, and a reworking of his deal is likely on the table: 

And here are some reported specifics: 

Also: 

The upshot is that if Murray agrees to stick with baseball, then he's going to get more guaranteed money for his troubles (even if the reported $15 million is likely a reach). Here's how that would work: 

The most recent reports regarding Murray's decision were that he was leaning toward a football career, and planning to declare for the NFL Draft. The deadline to declare for the draft is Monday.

As the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday, NFL teams aren't keen on the idea of sharing their starting quarterback with another league. For Murray, it's going to be one sport or the other:

The Chronicle source said NFL teams would not want Murray to play baseball because of the steeper learning curve for a rookie quarterback and the everyday demands of the position.

So for the fans that were hoping to see this generation's version of Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders, it's just not going happen:

There is, however, no possibility that Murray could play both football and baseball in the same year. Multiple sources agreed Wednesday that the demands of learning and playing quarterback in the NFL would preclude Murray from playing professional baseball at the same time.

Should Murray go the NFL route rather than pursuing his career as an outfielder in the Athletics organization, the A's would get his signing bonus back, but they wouldn't receive a compensatory selection in the 2019 MLB Draft. The Athletics would still retain his baseball rights if he chose to return to baseball.

CBS Sports decided to lay out an argument for both sports. Here's the case for him to pursue baseball, and you can find our argument for football here.

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