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One portion of the Kyler Murray wait has ended — and the next has just begun.
In just six words, the A’s first-round draft pick — and Heisman Trophy winner from Oklahoma — announced Monday his intention to at least keep his options open when it comes to the NFL.
“I have declared for the NFL Draft,” Murray tweeted Monday, the deadline for college players to announce their decision on turning pro.
The A’s had expected Murray to declare for the draft, as The Chronicle was first to report last week. Monday’s announcement does not have any bearing on his agreement with the A’s but is strictly procedural. Oakland, which gave Murray a $4.66 million signing bonus in June, would not have any issue unless or until Murray left spring camp to attend the NFL combine at the end of February.
At no more than 5-foot-9, Murray is on the small size for an NFL quarterback, and opinions vary wildly about where he might be selected, from No. 1 overall to the third round.
On Sunday, A’s executives and MLB marketing personnel met with Murray, 21, in Dallas, to discuss his baseball future. A source with knowledge of the situation told The Chronicle that the A’s are taking a “creative” approach when it comes to convincing Murray to stick with baseball, and the team is considering placing the outfielder on their 40-man roster and giving him a major-league contract, a move that will require MLB approval.
A’s position players are expected to report to camp in Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 15.
Monday’s decision does preclude Murray from returning to Oklahama, as does the A’s preexisting deal with him.
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/athletics/article/A-s-top-pick-Kyler-Murray-declares-for-NFL-draft-13532878.php.