Murray signed a deal with the A's that allowed him to play the 2018 season as Oklahoma's QB with the idea that he'd report to spring training in February.
If there was any doubt, there shouldn't be: Kyler Murray has the attention of Major League Baseball.
Compensation surely is another factor Kyler Murray must be wrestling with as he decides whether to play baseball or football professionally. While Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the $15MM figure is "too high", she notes that the A's and Murray's representatives from the Boras Corporation "are working on trying something creative to accommodate" Murray.
For that to happen, Murray would be a part of the A's 40-man roster from the start while beginning his minor-league career in the lower levels of the A's system.
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According to multiple reports, Murray is asking for a significant increase in guaranteed money from Oakland - as he should, given he has incredible leverage right now - although the number is in flux. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting.
We should know more about Murray's final decision soon. Normally draft picks receive a minor league contract in which the money is non-guaranteed beyond a signing bonus. Murray would then be out of options after 2022 and would be subject to waivers to stay in the minors.
At 5-foot-9, he would be the shortest quarterback in the National Football League since Doug Flutie, who was listed at 5-10.
In fact, if Murray believes he'll be a first-round pick in April's National Football League draft - and there's reason to believe he could go as high as No. 1 overall - Murray would earn more money from his National Football League signing bonus than the $4.66 million he's assured with the A's.