Kyler Murray chooses the National Football League over baseball

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Before Murray announced his decision Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president of baseball operations, acknowledged his team might lose the player.

"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback wrote. The move ends a saga that started last June, when the Athletics picked No. 9 in the Major League Baseball draft, and ramped up as Murray put together a Heisman Trophy-winning season as the Sooners' quarterback.

It is very possible - and more than likely at this point - that both Haskins and Murray come off the board before the end of the first round of this year's NFL Draft. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June's baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66m signing bonus.

And as The Athletic's Dane Brugler pointed out recently, "Over the last three years, 10 of the 11 quarterbacks drafted in the first round were selected by a team who traded up to secure the pick".

Kyler Murray has made up his mind.

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However, it's not too surprising, considering the success Murray had at Oklahoma.

Minnesota's 18th overall pick could prove pretty valuable if Murray falls in the first round.

In exchange for a more immediate payday and a quicker path to competing at his sport's highest level, of course, Murray will play a much more physically demanding game that comes with a heightened risk of both short- and long-term injury. He is now training for the NFL Draft in April and is set to participate in the league's upcoming scouting combine.

Jeff Passan, a writer for ESPN, tweeted that Murray will have to return $1.29 million of his signing bonus money that he has already received, and he forfeits the remaining $3.16 million. Although the A's were hoping he'd choose baseball, they were increasingly pessimistic the longer his locker in their spring-training clubhouse sat empty. One can imagine that all of those factors were weighed heavily by Murray when making the decision to ultimately spurn the A's in pursuit of football.

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