Saquon Barkley endorses Kyler Murray as Giants decision awaits


The Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and reigning Heisman Trophy victor has given himself the option to choose the National Football League over MLB, where he has a contract with the Oakland Athletics that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus. Schefter tweets today that Murray's mind "has been made up", though there is of course still time for a late change of heart.

Sanders said "life won't allow" Murray to play both sports because he's a quarterback.

Well, this season at Oklahoma, Kyler Murray had an even better season than Mayfield did previous year - in the same offense and with largely the same personnel.

Murray earned a $4.66 million signing bonus when he joined the Athletics, a sum that he would be required to return should he opt to switch to the NFL.

PASSAN: But the rigors of quarterbacking in 2019 and the fact that coaches want you to be in the film room all of the time and learning playbooks, it's just not realistic to think that Kyler Murray could be a quarterback in the National Football League and a center fielder in baseball.

Earlier this afternoon, Jon Heyman of Fancred reported that Murray was expected to declare for the NFL Draft before tonight's midnight deadline, and it would be a "shocker" if he didn't.

It has been one week since Dwayne Haskins Jr. declared for the NFL Draft. Murray had also said multiple times throughout the football season that he plans to focus strictly on baseball after this season. And the problem and the drawback with him in football and the reason people are questioning his ability there - Kyler Murray's only five-foot-nine.

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As outstanding a football prospect as Murray is, baseball runs through his veins just as much as pigskin does. In 1983, John Elway didn't want to play for the cellar-dwelling Baltimore Colts, who had selected him first overall.

For the Detroit Lions, Murray opting to at least test the National Football League waters is a good thing.

If there's one sport that it seems like Murray's better than the other in, though, it appears to be football. All eyes will be on Kyler Murray as he gets measured at the NFL Scouting Combine in February.

Heck, even new Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has gone on record stating he'd take Murray first overall if he could.

Another quarterback going before the Lions pick means another player at a position where the Lions have a more immediate and pressing need falls to Detroit.

The higher the pick, the more money Murray will receive.