Athletics push Murray to not enter NFL draft
Team tries to dissuade two-sport phenom from declaring for NFL draft
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
Kyler Murray took batting practice with the A’s last June after they drafted him No. 9 overall.