Murray is "firmly and fully committing [his] life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback," the two-sport athlete announced on his personal Twitter account Monday.
This appeared to be the direction Murray had been heading in all winter after declaring for the NFL draft and accepting an invitation to the NFL combine. Reports in previous months left open the possibility that Murray would nevertheless try to keep a window open to play both sports, but his announcement that he is "dedicating 100% of [himself] to being the best QB possible" doesn't seem to leave room for a second career. The decision is a blow to the Athletics, who picked Murray ninth overall in the 2018 draft.
Murray will attend the NFL combine beginning Feb. 26, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
The 2018 first-round draft pick declared for the NFL draft in mid-January, though that decision was simply procedural. This development makes it seem as if Murray is leaning more toward becoming a professional football player rather than continuing as a professional baseball player. No word has come forth as to whether Murray will also attend spring training when that starts Feb. 15, and no concrete decision has been made regarding his athletic future. Regardless, the Oklahoma product's future in baseball is looking increasingly bleak as he progresses further in the NFL draft process.
Murray declared for the 2019 NFL Draft on Monday, according to his personal Twitter account.
As expected, Murray has decided to enter his name into the NFL draft pool prior to Monday's deadline. This move is simply procedural, as Murray can still choose to fulfill his commitment to the A's if he wishes. While reports suggest the Heisman winner is leaning toward going pro in football rather than baseball, the A's are attempting to sway his decision by extending him a major-league deal. Murray's decision of whether to join the Athletics at spring training (Feb. 15) or to participate in the NFL combine (Feb. 26) should offer a better indication of his intentions moving forward. Should Murray choose football, he would forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus, while Oakland would retain his professional baseball rights.
With rumors swirling about the possibility of Murray going to the NFL, Oakland is attempting to sign him to a major-league deal and add him to the 40-man roster. Murray has yet to officially declare for the 2019 NFL Draft, but it appeared he was heading in that direction prior to Sunday's meeting. If an agreement is reached, Major League Baseball would need to finalize the deal before it becomes official.
While nothing is confirmed, it sounds like Murray, the ninth overall pick in the 2018 first-year player draft, is leaning towards going pro in football rather than baseball. Declaring for the draft doesn't guarantee that Murray will switch full-time to football. Things should clear up in February; position players are expected to report to spring training Feb. 15, while the NFL scouting combine begins Feb. 26. Should Murray choose football, the Heisman winner would forfeit his $4.66 million signing bonus with the A's, though the team would retain his professional baseball rights.
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