will be in spring training with the A’s.”
But take a look at this answer Murray gave Tim Tebow in an interview during ESPN’s College Gameday last week.
“I think that’s something me and my family will talk about at the end of the season and weigh out the options of what the NFL thinks of me,” Murray said.
Doesn’t exactly sound like someone fully ready to give up football just yet.
Murray has baseball blood lines – uncle Calvin was a 1992 first-round pick by the San Francisco Giants who spent five seasons in the majors – but football is clearly ingrained in family.
Kyler’s father, Kevin, was a quarterback at Texas A&M from 1983-86. Kyler took the Murray name to the next level as he was twice named Mr. Texas Football in high school, going 43-0 as quarterback at Allen High.
So what happens if Murray decides to continue playing football at the highest level? The A’s might be out $4.7 million, the signing bonus given to Murray back in June.
This is of course something the A’s were willing to risk when drafting him due to impressive tools that drew comparisons to Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr.
“We just felt Kyler was a unique talent,” A’s Director of Scouting Eric Kubota said. “The risk of the football was in our opinion outweighed by the upside on the baseball field.”
The A’s may have to wait until Jan. 14, the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft, to see if that risk will pay off.