Report: Murray turned down extra $14M from Athletics

Report: Murray turned down extra $14M from Athletics
By Reuters

16/04/2019 at 17:34Updated 16/04/2019 at 17:36

The Oakland Athletics reportedly offered Kyler Murray, their 2018 first-round draft pick, a whole lot of money to give up his football dreams.

Sports Illustrated reported Wednesday that Oakland offered to add a guaranteed
$14 million to his $4.6 million signing bonus to try to persuade the Heisman
Trophy winner to play baseball. The A's also would have added him to their
40-man roster.

Instead, the 21-year-old Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma last
season, walked away from baseball to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. He could be the
first player selected when the draft kicks off on April 25 in Nashville, Tenn.

When the A's drafted him with the No. 9 overall selection last summer, they
told him he could play one more season of college football before reporting to
the club.

"Circumstances change," Missy Murray, Kyler's mom, told Sports Illustrated.

Murray threw for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns in 14 games for the Sooners.

--Field Level Media