» NFL AL­LURE COULD PULL MUR­RAY FROM A’S

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Martin Gal­le­gos — David Mur­phy, The Philadel­phia In­quirer

The chances of Kyler Mur­ray ever play­ing a sin­gle in­ning of base­ball for the Oak­land A’s or­ga­ni­za­tion may have just taken a se­vere blow.

Ac­cord­ing to The Chron­i­cle, Mur­ray is ex­pected to cap­i­tal­ize on his Heis­man Tro­phy-win­ning sea­son at Ok­la­homa by declar­ing for the NFL Draft Sun­day, one day be­fore the dead­line to de­clare for un­der­class­men.

The thought of Mur­ray choos­ing foot­ball over base­ball back in June when he was drafted ninth over­all was a pipe dream at best, but after lead­ing the Soon­ers to a 12-2 record this sea­son as they reached the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off semi­fi­nals be­fore fall­ing to Alabama, the red­shirt ju­nior ap­pears ready to cap­i­tal­ize on a wildly suc­cess­ful sea­son.

Mur­ray’s size is ob­vi­ously a con­cern, but even though he’s prob­a­bly smaller than his listed 5-foot-11, 195 pound­frame, Mur­ray has still re­ceived a first-round pro­jec­tion from ESPN NFL Draft ex­pert Todd McShay, along with a sec­ond-round pro­jec­tion from fel­low ex­pert Mel Kiper Jr.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, it’s un­likely Mur­ray will be able to play both sports. The A’s would hold the quar­ter­back/out­fielder’s rights should his NFL dream fail, but Mur­ray would have to re­turn the nearly $5 mil­lion sign­ing bonus he re­ceived from the A’s after be­ing drafted. Though a com­pen­satory pick is often awarded in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions, that would not be the case here.

Over­all, it’s a bad look for the A’s to have es­sen­tially wasted a top-ten pick on a base­ball player who de­cided to choose an­other sport. The only good that could per­haps come out of this is the A’s get­ting the $5 mil­lion back and us­ing to­wards a player who could help them con­tinue the suc­cess gen­er­ated from last sea­son un­ex­pected play­off run.

Saints' Alvin Ka­mara keeps quiet about Ea­gles after com­ments last sum­mer

METAIRIE, La. — Alvin Ka­mara knew bet­ter than to say what­ever he was think­ing. Sur­rounded by a crowd of cam­eras and notepads in a cor­ner of the Saints locker room, the sec­ond-year run­ning back smiled and shrugged his way through the in­evitable ques­tions, wisely in­vok­ing his right to re­main silent to avoid self-in­crim­i­na­tion.

“I’m in the play­offs,” he said. “Just en­joy­ing my team­mates, en­joy­ing the prepa­ra­tion, ready to play.”

Last sum­mer, Ka­mara raised some eye­brows up in Philadel­phia when he de­clared that the Saints would have “beat the (bleep)” out of the Ea­gles in last year's NFC Cham­pi­onship game had New Or­leans not suf­fered a stun­ning last-sec­ond loss to Ste­fon Diggs and the Vik­ings in the di­vi­sional round. In Novem­ber, Ka­mara was given a chance to re­tract or al­ter his com­ments prior to the Saints' reg­u­lar-sea­son tilt against the Ea­gles, but opted to let them stand.

LUIS SINCO/TRI­BUNE NEWS SER­VICE

Ok­la­homa quar­ter­back Kyler Mur­ray looks down­field for an open re­ceiver against UCLA on Sep­tem­ber 8, 2018, at Me­mo­rial Sta­dium in Nor­man, Okla.

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