A's top pick Kyler Murray says he's picking football, 'dedicating 100%'

Updated 10:15 am PST, Monday, February 11, 2019

Kyler Murray’s locker remained empty on Monday in the spring training clubhouse of the Oakland Athletics. The Heisman Trophy winner apparently will not report to the baseball team he signed with last summer.

“I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming and NFL quarterback,” Murray said in a post on his official Instagram account.

The post did not specifically address his status with the Oakland Athletics, but Murray indicated he was now in a training routine to prepare himself for the NFL Draft.

Billy Beane, Oakland’s executive vice president of baseball operation, said earlier that talks were continuing with Murray. The outfielder was selected ninth overall last June and agreed to a minor league contract that included a $4.66 million signing bonus.

“Things have certainly changed since the draft,” Beane said Monday. “The situation is fluid right now and based on a historic college football season that the young man had.”

The A’s start full-squad workouts Saturday, a day after their position players report.

Beane would not reveal a timeline in regards to making a decision about Murray’s future. The NFL combine begins Feb. 26.

Murray’s baseball deal called for him to receive $1.5 million within 30 days of the deal’s approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. If he doesn’t play baseball, Oakland would get back the money it already has paid and not have to give Murray the remainder.

Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders played both football and baseball, but Sanders was a running back and Sanders a cornerback.

“Quarterback is a very demanding position, as is being a Major League baseball player,” Beane said. “To say somebody could or couldn’t, I’m not here to say that. Something like that is something that is part of our private discussions.”

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