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A meeting Sunday in Dallas might determine Kyler Murray’s sports future.
A’s executives, joined by marketing personnel from Major League Baseball, were scheduled to sit down with Murray to discuss options that might keep the Heisman Trophy winner on the diamond. As The Chronicle previously reported, Oakland officials fully expect Murray to declare for the NFL draft by Monday’s deadline.
Dallas TV station WFAA reported Sunday that Murray’s price tag to forgo the NFL draft is $15 million, but a source with knowledge of the situation told The Chronicle that that figure is inaccurate and the sides are working on “something creative.”
Any alterations to Murray’s agreement with the A’s would require MLB’s approval, especially considering that there are strict rules governing how much money teams may spend in the June draft. A player of Murray’s stature, however, might be valuable enough from a publicity standpoint for the league to sweeten the deal somehow. The presence of MLB marketing officials at Sunday’s meeting might point to additional sources of income for Murray in the form of endorsements or other opportunities outside of his contract with Oakland.
Murray received a $4.6 million signing bonus from the A’s after Oakland selected the Oklahoma outfielder and quarterback with the ninth pick overall in June’s major league draft. He is required to report to spring training Feb. 15 after receiving a non-roster invite to big-league camp.
The Chronicle reported Wednesday that the A’s were considering allowing Murray to attend the NFL combine next month, but such a move would require reconfiguring his contract and would require MLB approval, which is not a given. One source told The Chronicle on Sunday that it’s far more likely that Murray simply will have to choose between football and baseball before spring training begins.
Murray, 21, is listed at 5-foot-10 but stands closer to 5-foot-9 — small for an NFL quarterback. NFL experts don’t agree on where he might be drafted, with estimates ranging from high in the first round all the way to the third round.
After Oakland drafted him in June, Murray said the comparison he hears most often on the baseball field is with A’s Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson. Many talent evaluators believe that once his focus is entirely on baseball that Murray could be an MLB All-Star.
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