A contingent led by Oakland A's team president Billy Beane will meet with Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray on Sunday in hopes of getting him to skip the 2019 National Football League draft, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. The A's allowed him to return to the University of Oklahoma, where he put up historic numbers at quarterback and won the Heisman.
While the draft declaration won't tip Murray's hand, he is facing a decision. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst were among the A's leading representatives.
However, ESPN's Adam Schefter indicates that the electrifying signal caller could be a first or second-round pick in April's NFL Draft. The A's drafted Murray in the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft in June.
The Oakland A's took Kyler Murray at No. 9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft with the idea that the Oklahoma quarterback would leave football behind and turn his focus to the diamond.
Murray previously said he meant to play baseball after his collegiate career was over, but he now appears to be waffling between entering the National Football League draft or playing for Oakland this spring. Boras would know that, being that he's baseball's most prominent agent.
Should Oakland decide to pursue a major league deal with Murray, it could guarantee him an additional signing bonus while allowing him to remain in the minor leagues to gain reps in center field. Had Murray had an ordinary season it's entirely possible that he's heading to spring training in February with relatively little fanfare.