Oakland A's Desperately Trying To Dissuade Kyler Murray From Entering NFL Draft

A's are scrambling for last-ditch Kyler Murray plea

Murray agreed to a minor league deal with a $4.66 million signing bonus after Oakland took him with the ninth pick in the 2018 draft. He was to play quarterback at Oklahoma in 2018, then join the A's.

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.

As Passan explains in follow-up tweet, league rules prevent a team from signing a drafted player to an MLB contract straight out of the draft. As Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times notes (Twitter link), Major League Baseball wouldn't believe that Murray and the A's were in violation of the draft pool system with this new contract unless the league felt such a handshake agreement for more money was made last summer, before Murray was originally signed.


The summit comes a day before the deadline to declare for the National Football League draft, which the A's believe Murray plans to do.

According to Mike Leslie, Murray wants $15 million from the A's. The A's reportedly are expecting Murray to enter the draft, hence the meeting. He is due into A's camp, where he planned on joining the major league players, by February 15. The A's understand the allure of football, which has become clear in recent months as Murray developed from an athletic but slight quarterback to a potential first-round pick. Whatever sport he chooses, Murray, 21, will need to begin training for it sooner than later. It's a high risk game for a National Football League franchise to use an early pick on Murray and invest in him only to have him stay with the Athletics. And the A's now have a choice to make.

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