Oakland A's expect Kyler Murray to declare for 2019 National Football League draft

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Should Murray go that route rather than pursuing his career as an outfielder in the Athletics organization, the A's would get his $4.66MM signing bonus back, but they wouldn't receive a compensatory selection in the 2019 draft.

Chiefly among those are that the Cardinals already have a franchise quarterback, not to mention that Murray is not widely projected to go No. 1 in the draft and Murray may not even play football.

But with the 2019 National Football League draft class low on blue-chip quarterback prospects, Murray could end up being a hot commodity for teams that miss out on Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, or even prefer the undersized but explosive center-fielder-turned-gunslinger.

Kingsbury already has a highly drafted quarterback - Josh Rosen - in place, but a Kingsbury interview from October resurfaced Wednesday morning during which he raved about Murray, the University of Oklahoma quarterback who reportedly will enter the National Football League draft despite being taken by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the MLB draft past year.

Kyler Murray should do what Kyler Murray wants to do. At the very least, it proves the Oklahoma quarterback is thinking hard about choosing football over baseball.

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Murray was drafted No. 9 overall by the A's in the 2018 MLB Draft following his spectacular spring season at Oklahoma. "But I don't know how possible that is". He helped the Sooners reach the College Football Playoffs where they would lose to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl.

"When you win the Heisman Trophy, you're going to have a lot of information come to you to be looked at", Murray's agent Scott Boras said at the winter meetings.

She adds that another revealing sign could come on February 15 when Murray and the rest of the A's position players are due at spring training.

Murray will need to make a decision in the next month.