RUMOR: Cardinals Have Already Informed Kyler Murray They'll Take Him #1 Overall

Arnold Nichols
February 14, 2019

The A's will put him on the restricted list and retain Murray's rights, but they won't get a compensatory draft pick. The last pick in the first round's entire deal will be more than double Murray's signing bonus from the A's.

As long as Murray is a first-round pick, he is significantly better off initially from a financial standpoint than playing baseball.

Burkhardt also represents Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury.

"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an National Football League quarterback", said Murray.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill said of Murray's decision to forego a baseball career to pursue his "passion" for quarterbacking, "It's great when we have new players and new excitement around our game that will cause people to speculate and talk". "I eagerly await the opportunity to continue to prove National Football League decision-makers that I am the franchise QB in this draft".

Murray's contract with the Athletics included almost $5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"This guy is fun to watch play football", said Billy Beane, the A's executive vice president of business operations, of Oklahoma's two-sport sensation. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that". "Nick has been an end - it was a shame we lost him this year at Ohio State".

Some NFL mock drafts have Murray being drafted in the first round, and Murray would be the first athlete ever drafted in the first round by both an NFL and Major League Baseball franchise, according to ESPN's Field Yates.

According to the latest odds from OddsShark, the Miami Dolphins are the favorites to land the former Oklahoma star. He can make every throw, and he does it with timing, touch and poise. Via Arizona Sports' NFL Mock Draft Tracker, 13 of the 16 mock drafts tracked this month have the Cardinals picking Bosa.

In a video from October, when he was still the Texas Tech head coach, Kingsbury heaped praise on Murray, whom he had followed since Murray's sophomore year of high school and recruited to Texas A&M. I've never seen one better in high school, and he's starting to show it now at the college level.

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