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Kyler Murray has hefty asking price for Athletics to keep him from declaring for NFL draft: report


It’s going to take a lot to keep Kyler Murray off the football field next season.

The Heisman winner, who was also drafted by the Oakland A’s in 2018 with a $4.66-million signing bonus, has until Monday to declare for the NFL draft and he seems to be leaning in that direction. But the Athletics sent out the cavalry to try to dissuade Murray, according to multiple reports, with Billy Beane being a part of the contingent that met with the two-sport phenom.

Kyler Murray wants serious money to don an Athletics jersey. (Thearon W. Henderson / Getty Images)

Murray knows he has some leverage here, and his asking price from the A’s is a hefty $15 million, according to Mike Leslie of WFAA. That would be a serious commitment from Oakland and would prove they truly believe him to be their center fielder of the future.

The $15 million number is likely unrealistic, but if the A’s convince Murray to choose baseball over football, MLB reportedly would waive a rule that stops teams from giving major league contracts to recently drafted players, according to ESPN. On the surface it seems like a desperation play from the league to break precedent, but MLB clearly views Murray as a once-in-a-generation talent and believe he would be good for the game.

The former Oklahoma QB has been receiving first-round grades from NFL scouts, even though there are concerns about his height. The same claims were made about Baker Mayfield last season, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the Browns.

Should the A’s pass on the reported $15 million price tag and Murray enters the NFL draft, he could be another interesting option for the Giants, who hold the sixth overall pick.