Oklahoma quarterback and Oakland Athletics draftee Kyler Murray is deciding whether to continue his football career in the NFL or move on to baseball, and it appears money could play an important factor.
According to Mike Leslie of WFAA, Murray is hoping to get $15 million from the Athletics to stick with baseball. He will reportedly declare for the NFL draft if he doesn’t get “big-time money.”
The outfield prospect was drafted No. 9 overall in the MLB draft in June and signed a $4.66 million signing bonus.
While Murray had limited exposure on the football field at the time, he exploded during the 2018 season for the Sooners and won the Heisman Trophy as the best player in the country.
Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller polled scouts and executives who said the quarterback “would be a lock as a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft.”
For this reason, Murray is reportedly expected to declare for the NFL draft before Monday’s deadline, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.