Kyler Murray: I’m fully committed to football

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Kyler Murray is giving up baseball and focusing on football.

Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning Oklahoma quarterback who was also a first-round pick of the Oakland A’s, revealed on Twitter today that he has decided to make the NFL his priority.

“Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an NFL quarterback,” Murray wrote. “Football has been my love and passion my entire life. I was raised to play QB, and I very much look forward to dedicating 100% of myself to being the best QB possible and winning NFL championships. I have started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming NFL workouts and interviews. I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to NFL decision makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft.”

Although there are still people inside the NFL who question whether Murray is tall enough to be a franchise quarterback, there’s no question that he was an incredibly productive quarterback in college. Now that he has publicly committed to being an NFL quarterback, he is likely to be a first-round draft pick.

80 responses to “Kyler Murray: I’m fully committed to football

  1. Some advice for Murphy: DO NOT ask for advice from Johnny Manziel.
    Ask for advice from Doug Flutie or Russell Wilson.

  2. Murray is the most intriguing draft prospect in years. His athleticism and on field production are off the charts. But Murray is substantially shorter than both Brees and Wilson — and that matters. But notwithstanding these risks, there is no absolutely no doubt that Murray will be a first round pick. Teams are desperate for a franchise quarterbacks and some team will absolutely take a leap of faith in the first round.

  3. I’m hoping the Salt Lake Stallions are still around in 2021 to sign this kid after he flames out of the NFL!

  4. Murray’s pocket presence and undeniable arm talent will get him picked. And it should. After watching Tannehill and others like Dalton for years get away with such average skill sets, Murray is like a god to them in comparison.

  5. Don’t understand all the hate towards this kid. Seems like a good young man, obviously has skills, and has just as much of a chance to succeed as Baker Mayfield (so far) or flame out like a Tim Tebow (and yes, those you point to one play on game, he did flame out). That is the nature of the draft and the difference between the NCAA and the NFL. But seriously lighten up. QB play isn’t that great as it is (Blake Bortles, Case Keenum, Tannehill, Flacco, etc etc) why not welcome some who can at least try?

  6. I like this kid. He made a fairly quick, firm decision. He also listened to himself instead of everyone else

  7. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm
    So what happens? He has to pay back the $4M signing bonus to the A’s?
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    Of course he has to pay back the A’s. They didn’t give him $4 million just for the helluva it!

  8. This can’t be possible because all the experts commenting on here were positive baseball was the better option .

  9. No good deed goes unpunished. Oakland was nice enough to let him play college football after signing a contract and taking their money and this is their reward.

  10. As an A’s fan I would love to see him in the green and gold. We need a lead off hitter who is a terror on the base paths, but he needs to follow, and live his passion. What you have a true passion for is what you’re meant to do.

  11. That would end his chances of ever getting a good MLB contract. If he uses MLB as a fallback, he won’t make free agency until he’s on the wrong side of 30. MLB owners control you for your first 6 years in the majors. (3 years of minimum salary, then 3 years of arbitration). With option years, that can be stretched even longer. And that’s after you make it. It doesn’t include the years toiling in the minors. The structure of MLB’s labor system makes it so a fallback is not possible. Either way is a gamble, but you can no longer do both. Choose wisely, because there’s a finality to your choice.

  12. this guy is smaller than Doug Flutie who was a 11th rd pick -this kid got some bad advice- maybe a day 3 pick

  13. danpro01 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    wonder where he goes once everybody sees hes 5’8″
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    Under the radar, obviously.

  14. But Murray is substantially shorter than both Brees and Wilson – and that matters.

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    Brees 6′
    Wilson 5’11”
    Murray 5’11”

    Not so substantial.

  15. IMO, this is all about financials. If he’s a gamechanger at QB, he will be signed to a >$100M deal sooner in the NFL than if he went to the MLB. I also think he has a better shot (shot being main word) at becoming the next billionaire athlete (MJ, Lebron, Tiger, etc.) going to the NFL (and having their exposure) than playing minor league ball for several years and getting called up.

  16. mshoffman2013 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 12:59 pm
    Each to their own, but given the choice I’m picking MLB every single time over the NFL.
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    Interesting take. Listen to Mark Schlereth’s view on it. He obviously played NFL, and his son was drafted into and plays in the MLB farm system. He said despite injury risks, NFL was a way better option – especially as a QB – due to the way contracts are set up in MLB

  17. Financially and long term, this is the best option. The guy can get paid big bucks. If it doesn’t work out, he can go back to baseball. Its a much easier transition than if he went MLB first and then later on tried to get back into football.
    He may not work out as a QB, probably wont. But it’s a smart move on his part.

  18. I like Josh Rosen a lot, but if I’m the Cardinals I’d take Murray #1 and trade Rosen to the highest bidder (starting with a top 10 2019 draft pick).

    Height and size don’t matter in today’s NFL. Murray is easily the best and most exciting QB in this draft and would make the Cardinals relevant immediately.

  19. Even if he flames out, baseball will be there when football is done with him. IF he chose baseball, he wouldn’t have the option to pursue football as a failed baseball player without going out and proving it in the AAF/CFL/etc.

    If he is a first round pick, his baseball signing bonus he pays back will be pretty much a wash.

    Anyone who didn’t see this coming wasn’t looking at the situation/numbers.

    But for everyone that says size doesn’t matter at QB in today’s NFL, they may be comparing guys that are 5’10” to a guy that is 5’7″. He would have to be a part of a very creative offense. Guys talking about Arizona, Dolphins, etc would be ignoring that those offenses would have to change dramatically to handle Murray.

  20. He will get drafted in the 1st round probably in the top fifteen picks . Based on last years 15th pick that would get him just under a $8 mil signing bonus with $13.4 guaranteed for 4 yrs . Even if he flames out with this type of contract as well as his endorsement deals he should be set for life .

  21. Baseball is a declining sport, but it does offer a lot longer careers. The average NFL career is very short. Heard that even the new football league drew more TV viewers than the NBA game on Saturday.

  22. I didn’t see enough in that prepared statement. If it were my team needing a QB, I would’ve preferred to see something to the effect that he was truly dismissing baseball as an alternative for the the next four years, at the very least.

    This press release isn’t a binding contract. He could get drafted with a first round pick, not like the team, and still bolt for baseball.

  23. “Football has been my love and passion my entire life.” that’s why it took me two months to decide whether to play it or not…

  24. What did Kylar Murray do to make everyone hate him so much? I’m simply curious to why so many are passionately rooting against him?

  25. As a Dolphin fan I’m definitely intrigued. But if they take him who is going to pass protect? They have Tunsil and then nobody. James is gone. And the guards and center are all older and/or unathletic. They are going to need lineman that can move the pocket. Poor little guy is gonna get killed. May need to park him in the bench for a year.

  26. For most of these guys, the fall back option is selling groceries or busing tables. I wonder if he’ll have the same hunger, knowing he’s got an MLB gig waiting for him. I suspect he will leave it all on the field, but I hope he puts in the time after hours learning NFL defenses.

  27. Who in their right mind would draft him high knowing he’ll always have his eyes on an escape hatch? When linemen are bigger, quicker and stronger than he’s used to and WRs are no longer open by 10 yards, what will he do? Buckle down or run? He’s run away before from various colleges and sports. He has a history of it!

    So he doesn’t get drafted in the 1st round, then what? His guarantee will be less than what the As gave him. And then he’ll be gone.

  28. chickensalad43 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    I like Josh Rosen a lot, but if I’m the Cardinals I’d take Murray #1 and trade Rosen to the highest bidder (starting with a top 10 2019 draft pick).
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    Josh Rosen was the 10th pick last year. What did he do that shows he’s worthy of a higher pick this time around? I think they’d be lucky to get a 2nd for him this year, which is maybe not a bad thing if they believe in Murray as much as you.

  29. A lot of people who never took snaps in the NFL, talking about how much size matters at the quarterback position. Completely ignoring the changes in the game, a well, which is probably the most alarming thing about all of these horrible takes. If you’ve seen film on Kyler, you’d know that he played behind one of the bigger offensive lines in college football. Not only that, with his playing style and quickness in decision making and he rarely gets hit.

  30. Vegas. No way Gruden will pass on him. Gruden can’t resist the ensuing media buzz and fancies himself as the ultimate quarterback whisperer.

  31. I call BS on this! His agent(S) wouldn’t have orchestrated the shakedown with his MLB team if that isn’t where he ultimately wants to go!

    Even with any success in the NFL; his agents and body will be thinking about the longevity and long-term $ in baseball because they’ll sweeten his deal or trade his rights to another club that will!

    I wouldn’t touch him with a 10 foot pole in the first 3 or 4 rounds of the draft!

  32. I am not 💯 but I don’t believe Offensive and defensive lineman in college are that much taller than NFL lineman. Yes they are better athletes, but the too short thing may be getting a little blown out of proportion. It is unprecedented so obviously it’s a concern. But if succeeds or fails, I don’t believe it will be due to his height.

  33. It is amazing how many people want to tell someone else how to live his/her life. Kyler’s choice does not effect anyone’s life who is posting here. It is none of your business.

  34. He will need to have a great combine to over come the height issue. The combine should also tell every one if he is closer to 5’8″ or 5’11.” If he is closer to 5’11” he will get drafted high, if he is closer to 5’8″ he could fall out out of the 1st and 2nd round. Also, there will be teams promoting him (Cards, Niners, Jets and maybe the Raiders to get someone to trade up and teams like the Dolphins, Jacksonville, Giants talking him down hoping he will fall in the draft.

  35. Congrats to making a commitment son! Hopefully he can go to a team with a strong running game and maybe a,year to sit and be mentored. How about the NY football Giants?

  36. Best of luck him. If he can stay injury free and football doesn’t work out, he can still try out baseball in the future, assuming he didn’t burn bridges there. Take that potential first round QB money and run with it as long as possible.

  37. I won’t believe it until he gives Oakland their $5 million back. You want to show you’re serious? Give back your MLB sighing bonus now.

  38. cardinealsfan20 says: “It is amazing how many people want to tell someone else how to live his/her life. Kyler’s choice does not effect anyone’s life who is posting here. It is none of your business.”
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    Anyone is allowed an opinion. Doesn’t mean Kyler is forced to LISTEN to any of it. And I seriously doubt he’s on PFT reading every comment about what he should do.

  39. For most of these guys, the fallback is waiting tables? Lol what NFL players do you know? A lot of these guys go into sales, media or something of that nature. Football players are much too competitive than to be bussing tables for the rest of their lives.

  40. As bad as Miami needs a QB, please do not draft him. He is too short to play in the NFL. I know Brees and Wilson and Mayfield are also roughly 6 foot with thick soles, but this kid is 5 foot 8!!! That is just not tall enough to see over the line at all.

  41. Not BuyingIt says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Murray’s pocket presence and undeniable arm talent will get him picked. And it should. After watching Tannehill and others like Dalton for years get away with such average skill sets, Murray is like a god to them in comparison.

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    When Murray leads his team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons, then you can start comparing him to Dalton.

  42. Best of luck to the kid. Makes sense to me that if a team is going to try to make a short QB work, they should be a team with all the variables in place to support that – mild climate or dome, turf, strong offensive line, an offensive style that spreads out the defense, good RB, receivers that are good with timing-based throws and jump balls, etc. Not sure how many of those are picking high in the draft, though. So good luck to Murray with the teams he’s likely to be dealing with.

  43. Hater’s gonna hate…this dude can flat out play football. It’ll be interesting to see all the comments on him this time next year. He’s a fine young man to boot, let him prove it on the field and until he doesn’t, shut yer holes! Boomer!

  44. Not BuyingIt says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:11 pm
    Murray’s pocket presence and undeniable arm talent will get him picked. And it should. After watching Tannehill and others like Dalton for years get away with such average skill sets, Murray is like a god to them in comparison.
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    I think he is like Pat White. I really hope the Dolphins do not waste a 1st or 2nd round pick on this kid. He does not seem committed to anything except money so far. If he was committed to baseball he wouldn’t bother with the combine. If he was committed to football he would not have had that disastrous interview. He is committed to hedging his bets for the most money. The only question is if it is short-term or long-term. IMHO, he will go to the combine and skip the stuff that has a chance of lowering his status. If he gets picked in the top half of round 1 he will play that contract until the guarantees are used. At that point his ability will be evaluated better. Good and he may see how much he can get in a new deal. If he is bad he will no doubt start doing things to be released so he can run to baseball for any potential money there. If he falls in the draft he will just go play baseball. Add that with his apparent immaturity and lack of intelligence on display in the interview and I would not consider him until the 3rd round at best. He may be really great but there are just too many flags for me.

  45. If football was his love since he was a kid why not say that months ago? Or before the MLB draft.. This sounds more like a money move. No one likes 2 sports the same, especially playing them. You always have a favorite.

  46. I’d take baseball over football every time if I were in Murray’s position. It’s one thing to risk NFL injuries for the massive payday compared to most other jobs…but if you have an MLB contract waiting for you, it’s hard to justify the injury risk of the NFL. MLB players last a longer and their contracts are guaranteed too. Baseball is so much less grueling and it has fewer knotty ethical issues than the NFL does right now. Six months standing in the outfield grass in the warm weather beats the hell out of Soldier Field in December.

    But what do I know. This kid has offers to go pro in two sports and I struggle to field a full team for softball. Good luck to him wherever he goes.

  47. Makes sense financially if he’s drafted in round 1..

    If he washes out he’ll still be young enough to follow his second choice…

    When I was his age my first and second choices were Nichelle Nichols and Raquel Welch…

    I would have been fine with either…still would be actually…,

  48. He will get drafted in the 1st round probably in the top fifteen picks . Based on last years 15th pick that would get him just under a $8 mil signing bonus with $13.4 guaranteed for 4 yrs . Even if he flames out with this type of contract as well as his endorsement deals he should be set for life .
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    That’s not the way sports work, most go poor at one point.

  49. strummer174 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 9:57 pm
    I’d take baseball over football every time if I were in Murray’s position. It’s one thing to risk NFL injuries for the massive payday compared to most other jobs…but if you have an MLB contract waiting for you, it’s hard to justify the injury risk of the NFL. MLB players last a longer and their contracts are guaranteed too. Baseball is so much less grueling and it has fewer knotty ethical issues than the NFL does right now. Six months standing in the outfield grass in the warm weather beats the hell out of Soldier Field in December.

    But what do I know. This kid has offers to go pro in two sports and I struggle to field a full team for softball. Good luck to him wherever he goes.
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    less grueling? West coast teams/fans often complain about a game on the east coast that starts at 1PM. They play 16 games in a season with a maximum of 8 road trips. Baseball plays 162 games all over the country, often have double headers and sometimes a game ends late and the next (sometimes same) day they have a game in another time zone. THAT is grueling.

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