"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 eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove to National Football League decision-makes that I am the franchise QB in this draft".
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. 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.
Major League Baseball couldn't compete, either, with the promise of instant stardom and endorsements and all the other incentives that would have come with being in the NFL.
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His ease with ball in hand and willingness to run led directly to Keith Earls' decisive second-half try. "We pushed a good team all the way but we can play better".
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Murray will be one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2019 draft and will get a chance to exhibit his skills at the NFL combine February 26-March 4 in Indianapolis and subsequent workouts for NFL talent evaluators ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25-27 in Nashville. Murray is a unique case as someone good enough to play both baseball and football at a high level, but the decision of which sport to pursue is one already happening at lower levels, as adolescents turn into teenagers and have to pick one sport going forward. You can't blame the league for that, but it does represent how precarious baseball's position on the media map is, as MLB fights the NFL and National Basketball Association for the eyeballs and dollars of fans. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that".
Murray's accountants will be busy sorting things out now that he has announced his decision. He forfeits the remaining $3.16 million, due March 1. Murray will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million signing bonus money the A's gave him a year ago, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. But that narrative has changed (albeit pre-Scouting combine) and most think Murray will indeed be a first-round pick. But don't discount the Dolphins trading back, acquiring more selections and then taking a shot on Murray either in the late first or early second round.
Murray's announcement comes on the day the A's held their first workout for pitchers and catchers.