Kyler Murray leaves NFL door open: It’s never bad to have options

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Kyler Murray is signed to play baseball with the Oakland Athletics, but the University of Oklahoma submitted the quarterback’s name to the College Advisory Committee for a draft evaluation.

Murray isn’t ruling out anything.

“It’s never bad to have options,” Murray said Thursday, via Alex Scarborough of ESPN, “but right now my main focus is this game.”

Murray’s baseball agent, Scott Boras, repeatedly has said Murray will honor his deal with the Athletics. Murray received a $4.6 million signing bonus to become a center fielder, but a weak quarterback draft class could help Murray decide to give the NFL a go.

Everyone else seems to be considering Murray’s future more than Murray is right now, though.

“Nothing has changed,” Murray said. “I haven’t put any energy into worrying about it or anything like that. All I can do is go out and play on Saturday and let my play speak for itself.”

Murray, who has thrown for 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns, has no doubt he could become a successful NFL quarterback despite his size.

“I’ve always felt I could play in the NFL,” Murray said. “I’m a confident guy. There’s not a lot of short quarterbacks in the league, but I think there’s more guys paving the way for the transition of not really caring about how big you are, how tall you are. I’ve played this game my whole life, and I’ve always felt I could do it.”

31 responses to “Kyler Murray leaves NFL door open: It’s never bad to have options

  1. Do Jackson and Deion Sanders played both sports at very high levels. I don’t see why this kid can’t play both sports. The QB position demands a lot more time than RB or DB, but it could work. If I were running the new football league, I’d throw some money in his direction. The NFL will always be there if needed. Right now, Murray doesn’t really need the NFL.I could see a team taking a flyer in the 5th or 6th round, but I don’t see a team wasting a high pick. I guess it might also depend on which team ends up drafting him.

  2. He’s five foot nothing.

    The comparisons to Bo and Deion are not applicable. The comparison to Nate Robinson is probably more realistic.

  3. I would love to see him in the NFL but I believe with his frame he’ll get murdered. In the MLB at least he will have guaranteed money, which overall would be the best bet. The most important thing is for Murray to play the sport he loves the most.

  4. Short of him getting taken in the top 10 I highly doubt he serious considers coming out. If the kid is smart he’ll stick to the sport that will preserve his long term health, and ultimately pays more.

  5. shutupbrees says:
    December 27, 2018 at 6:20 pm
    He’s five foot nothing.

    actually he’s 5’11”
    Drew Brees is 6′
    Russell Wilson is 5’11”

    yes, the league favors QBs over 6 ft but it’s not impossible

  6. Kid needs to announce right after having a great game against Bama that he is all in on football. Top 12 pick makes waaaaay more first 4 years in the NFL and if he does well, he will be set for life. It takes 6 years to get to your first contract in baseball. A lot can happen between now and then. This is his one shot at being a world class QB.

  7. Murray though listed at 5’11”, you can see he is no taller than 5’8″ standing next to the 6’1″ Tua. He is a lot shorter than him and no tean is gonna draft a 5’8″ QB, especially with a top pick. This guy is baseball bound and should be. He will make a lot more money doing it.

  8. Barring a ridiculous injury baseball will always be there. Go to the NFL. If you don’t pan out over the course of your rookie deal, you go to MLB. It is much tough, next to impossible to go the other route.

    IMO I don’t think he makes it in the NFL but there is zero shame in trying.

  9. Please play baseball kid. I dont even want the Giants to be tempted. Im already sweating us drafting Haskins.

  10. I hope Eli signs a 5 year extension with the Giants, then these Manning loving fans can keep working on his HOF argument instead of actually competing in the NFC East. Eli playing is a gift to the rest of the NFC.

  11. The dude is a very good college QB. His size would be an obvious problem in the pros. He should go play baseball. At least he will be able to walk and remember his name after his baseball career is over. If he plays football, he is going to get crushed by NFL defenses. He just isn’t big enough.

  12. He is a good college football player but he needs to stay in baseball. He will make a ton more money. He may be 5 foot 8 and that is only might be. He was dwarfed by everyone of the field at the game I was at. Everyone is fast in the NFL, scrambling quarterbacks have a tough time surviving.

  13. Man I really hope my Vikes take a chance and draft him. You know, since we like throwing guaranteed money at QB’s so much.

  14. His performance this weekend will answer the questions any NFL scout/GM will have. Not too many big and fast front 7’s in the BIG12 like Alabama’s. No more 3 man rushs this weekend.

  15. charliecharger says:
    December 27, 2018 at 6:02 pm
    Do Jackson and Deion Sanders played both sports at very high levels. I don’t see why this kid can’t play both sports. The QB position demands a lot more time than RB or DB, but it could work. If I were running the new football league, I’d throw some money in his direction. The NFL will always be there if needed. Right now, Murray doesn’t really need the NFL.I could see a team taking a flyer in the 5th or 6th round, but I don’t see a team wasting a high pick. I guess it might also depend on which team ends up drafting him.
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    Jackson and Sanders also played positions that didn’t require much preparation. I’m guessing that your starting QB heloing in 15 minutes prior to game start isn’t going to work as well as your punt returner doing it.

  16. As an A’s fan, I would love to see him wearing the green and gold. I’ve been waiting since Rickey Henderson to see someone play at such an aggressive football-like level that I think Murray bring.

    Anyway would love to see Murray be a part of the A’s team that will capture their tenth World Series Championship.

  17. For those saying he should play 4-5 years in the NFL, then play baseball if he doesn’t cut it; that would be delaying his first big MLB contract by 5-6 years. If he played 5 years in the NFL, he’d be over 30 by the time he was eligible for free agency in MLB.

    Also, while MLB pays more on average over the life of a career, that doesn’t include a QB compared to an OF. Murray would theoretically make WAY more as a QB considering even some terrible QB’s are making over $20M/yr right now.

  18. Kyler is different than any other QB you have ever seen. I have watched pretty much every snap of his college career. His combination of speed, athleticism, and arm talent is mind boggling. Combine that with an even keeled demeanor and you have the makings of a truly special QB. He will be a first round pick, his height is irrelevant, if you think it is you A) haven’t seen him play or B) Are living in the past, or C) Both A and B.

  19. I have no idea what his true size is. He looks small. He looks short and 170 pounds of superior speed. He is not Bo Jackson nor Deion Sanders. Be grateful for your talent but take it to baseball.

  20. Bucky Brooks claims he is 5 foot 10. But, he looks smaller than that. But, if he can play and also get a bit more stout than he could make it in the NFL. All it takes is one team to give him the chance.

    But, I think he’ll have a more successful and longer lasting baseball career. Just a hunch.

  21. Injury is a certainty in both the NFL and MLB, the questions being when and how severe. But his risk of serious injury is much higher in the NFL, and it could be severe enough to eliminate any chance of an MLB career. Also, the idea an MLB career will always be there isn’t true; spending a year or two in the NFL could be a serious setback to an MLB career because of the time lost toward MLB development.

    Unless he intends to do both at the same time, he needs to choose. And the wise choice would be MLB given his physical dimensions. Think about it, how realistic is a starting QB job in the NFL for him? He’s too short. Get over it, it is what it is.

  22. alonestartexan says:
    December 28, 2018 at 1:32 am
    For those saying he should play 4-5 years in the NFL, then play baseball if he doesn’t cut it; that would be delaying his first big MLB contract by 5-6 years. If he played 5 years in the NFL, he’d be over 30 by the time he was eligible for free agency in MLB
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    Taking 4-5 years off of baseball and coming back trying to hit major league pitching??? Good luck with that. Baseball fundamentals are like instruments. You constantly have to hone those skills to be elite.

    Baseball is the better business decision. Lower probability for injury. One of the best unions in the world. Guaranteed contracts, a roster payroll inflation that matches the growth of their league revenue, and longer career.

    Now if he has aspirations to be a big time football head coach one day then yeah being a QB on an NFL team is the perfect experience and training for it. He can learn leadership skills, offensive systems, how a culture is established, film study and how to break down the best defenses etc.

    His best chance for success in the NFL is being picked by New Orleans to succeed Drew Brees. Because Sean Payton knows how to set launching points for small QBs. If he goes to the wrong situation it can be dangerous for him.

  23. I don’t get how anyone thinks this is news of some sorts. Of course he should leave the door open.
    If he’s batting .208 in Double A 3 years from now he’s going to want to fall back on the NFL.
    If he’s batting .308 in the majors then its a different story

  24. Drew Brees and Russell Wilson are really not good comparisons. Brees is a legit 6’0 and a classic pocket passer. Wilson has at least 40lbs of muscle that Murray does not currently have and does not have the frame to ever add.

    Doug Flutie is the comparable you are looking for.

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