Kyler Murray makes his choice. Now the Dolphins must make theirs

Kyler Murray

Kyler Murray

Additionally, Murray began his college career at Texas A&M - there and in the past three years at Oklahoma he played in variations of the Air Raid offense run by Kingsbury.

Oakland selected Murray with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft.

Not exactly the prototypical NFL size - and Chris Grier, the Dolphins' head of everything football, usually sticks to prototypes. Although the A's were hoping he'd choose baseball, they were increasingly pessimistic the longer his locker in their spring-training clubhouse sat empty.

The Heisman Trophy victor announced Monday that he will pursue a career as an National Football League quarterback over playing baseball for the A's.

Although NFL talent evaluators gravitate toward taller quarterbacks, the success of stars such as Russell Wilson (at 5-11) and Baker Mayfield (generously listed at 6-1) have caused some NFL scouts to reconsider that preference.

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Murray, a top 10 pick in last year's MLB Draft, has been flirting with both football and baseball over the past couple of months, refusing to reveal which way he was leaning. "Something like that is something that is part of our private discussions".

Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him.

By failing to report to A's camp, he must return a almost $5 million signing bonus, but he will make all that back - and then some - if he's a first-round pick.

Technically, the Athletics will be able to retain the rights to Murray, in the event that he ever has a change of heart or is forced to alter his career path.

At the time, many analysts were questioning how Murray would fare in the National Football League, especially since he was already drafted as an MLB player. Quarterback Sam Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in April, will make about $30 million on his rookie deal; Josh Allen, the No. 7 pick, will make over $21 million on his rookie contract, according to Forbes.

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