Ath­let­ics push Mur­ray to not en­ter NFL draft

Team tries to dis­suade two-sport phe­nom from declar­ing for NFL draft

The Dallas Morning News - - Sports Day -

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the Oak­land A’s sent a del­e­ga­tion to meet with Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner Kyler Mur­ray in hopes of dis­suad­ing him from en­ter­ing the NFL draft.

It may take a con­sid­er­able sum to keep Kyler Mur­ray off the foot­ball field next sea­son.

The Heis­man Tro­phy win­ner, who was drafted ninth over­all by the Oak­land A’s last June and re­ceived a $4.66 mil­lion sign­ing bonus, has un­til Mon­day to de­clare for the NFL draft — and he seems to be lean­ing in that di­rec­tion.

But Ath­let­ics executives met in Dal­las with Mur­ray on Sun­day in hopes of dis­suad­ing him, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, with A’s ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Billy Beane and Scott Bo­ras, Mur­ray’s agent, part of the dis­cus­sion.

WFAA-TV (Chan­nel 8) re­ported that Mur­ray was ask­ing for $15 mil­lion from Oak­land to stay out of the draft, but the San Francisco Chron­i­cle re­ported that a source with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said that fig­ure was in­ac­cu­rate and that the sides were work­ing on “some­thing cre­ative.”

The A’s would need to side­step Ma­jor League Base­ball lim­its on the amount teams are al­lowed to spend in the June draft. Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, the team could sweeten its deal with Mur­ray, who signed a mi­nor league con­tract, by adding him to the 40man ma­jor league ros­ter, as long as MLB be­lieves no such agree­ment was in place be­fore he was drafted.

Ma­jor league mar­ket­ing of­fi­cials re­port­edly at­tended Sun­day’s meet­ing, sug­gest­ing that MLB might be seek­ing en­dorse­ment deals or other al­ter­nate sources of in­come for Mur­ray.

The for­mer Ok­la­homa QB has been re­ceiv­ing first-round grades from NFL scouts, even though there are con­cerns about his height — of­fi­cially 5-10. The same con­cerns were ex­pressed a year ago about fel­low OU alum and Heis­man win­ner Baker May­field, who was drafted No. 1 over­all by the Cleve­land Browns.

Staff and wire re­ports

Jeff Chiu/the As­so­ci­ated Press

Kyler Mur­ray took bat­ting prac­tice with the A’s last June af­ter they drafted him No. 9 over­all.

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