Kyler Murray says he's fully committed to being an National Football League quarterback

Kyler Murray says he's fully committed to being an National Football League quarterback

Kyler Murray says he's fully committed to being an National Football League quarterback

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to become an National Football League quarterback", he tweeted.

"He's really fun to watch on a football field, and he's going to be fun to watch on a baseball field".

And as The Athletic's Dane Brugler pointed out recently, "Over the last three years, 10 of the 11 quarterbacks drafted in the first round were selected by a team who traded up to secure the pick".

Before Murray announced his decision Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president of baseball operations, acknowledged his team might lose the player. Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick last April, can expect to earn just under $33 million over his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a signing bonus of more than $22 million.

It is very possible - and more than likely at this point - that both Haskins and Murray come off the board before the end of the first round of this year's NFL Draft. The A's will retain his rights if he does choose to return to baseball in the future. You can't blame the league for that, but it does represent how precarious baseball's position on the media map is, as MLB fights the NFL and National Basketball Association for the eyeballs and dollars of fans. This isn't the equivalent of Ken Griffey Jr. or Bryce Harper walking away from the game; Murray is hyper-talented but plenty raw-possibly a star, but not a phenom. Professional football is no cakewalk itself, but it does offer a better landing spot for his particular skills as a highly mobile and strong-armed passer in a league where that's now all the rage.

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The Texan recorded 4,361 passing yards and 1,001 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns in 14 games in his final season with the Oklahoma Sooners a year ago.

Part of that is because they have been linked to Murray in the pre-draft process.

There will always be kids who choose baseball, either because they love it the most or because their talents on the diamond outstrip their skills on the gridiron or basketball court.

Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Plus, Oakland has enough depth in the outfield to withstand Murray's departure.

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