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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Kyler Murray has declared for the NFL Draft

However, the door is still technically open for Murray, the Oakland A’s and Major League Baseball.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl - Alabama v Oklahoma Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

As expected, Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has declared for the NFL Draft.

Murray, who was the No. 9 overall selection of the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft, can still choose to play baseball, and the A’s will certainly use the coming weeks to convince him to do so. What’s readily apparent is that Murray, who is currently projected to go in the first round of the NFL Draft, has all the leverage in this situation as far as the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball are concerned. The parties involved (and the sports world in general) will likely learn a lot more next month due to the conflicting schedules of A’s camp and the NFL Scouting Combine. Oakland’s position players report Feb. 15, and the combine begins Feb. 26.

According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, the A’s are willing to give Murray a deal that gives him more money than the original deal whilst also giving him a spot on the 40-man roster. Being on the 40-man, however, does not mean that Murray would go straight to the bigs.

Basically, the only thing that has truly been made official today is that Murray will not return to Oklahoma, which has been the understanding since last summer. Some people (*cough* Gil Brandt *cough*) tried to tell people that it wasn’t a done deal on that front, but there really was never a question here. He really wouldn’t have anything to gain by doing anything but declaring today.

As a football player at the University of Oklahoma, Murray was a magician who in many ways outdid his predecessor — Baker Mayfield. In his only season as a full-time starting QB, he threw for 4,361 yards and rushed for another 1,001 while leading the Sooners to fourth consecutive Big 12 title and another berth in the College Football Playoff. He was huge in clutch situations and dazzled the masses with his playmaking abilities. There will be time for reflection later, but it’s safe to say we’ll never see another player quite like Kyler Murray.

Thanks for the memories!