By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to NFL Network ‘s Ian Rapoport, who spoke with agent Scott Boras, Kyler Murray will not play pro football. Murray was a first-round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics in June’s MLB Draft.
The agreement was Murray would play this one last college football season before transitioning to baseball. Boras worked out his $4.66 million deal with the Athletics.
Murray was the 9th overall pick by the Athletics.
“Kyler has agreed and the A’s agreed to a baseball contract that gave him permission to play college football through the end of the collegiate season,” Boras said this week over the phone. “After that, he is under contract to play baseball. That is not a determination to make. It’s already done.”
This week, Murray said that he would like to play both pro baseball and pro football.
“I’d like to do both, if possible,” Murray said. “But I don’t know how possible that is.”
However, his agent insists Murray cannot play pro football because of his baseball contract.
“From a contractual perspective, it is set,” Boras said.
On Saturday night, he won the Heisman Trophy. He also helped the Oklahoma Sooners to become the first school to have back-to-back winners with two different players.
Ohio State won the Heisman in 1974 and 1975. However, that was by Archie Griffin, the only two-time winner of the award.
The Bedford, Texas native won the most prestigious award in college football with 2,167 points. Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was second with 1,871, while Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins was third with 783 points.
Murray has gone 241 of 340 for 4,053 passing yards in 13 games in his first season as the starter. He also has 40 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
He also has 123 carries for 892 yards and an additional 11 touchdowns.
As a baseball player, he had a .296 batting average with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs in 51 games in Spring 2018. He also had 10 stolen bases.