The ninth pick in the 2018 MLB draft Kyler Murray has signed his rookie contract with the Oakland Athletics. His deal is around $5 million and will allow him to play football at the University of Oklahoma for one year.
Kyler Murray and the A's have a deal that guarantees him close to $5M and allows him to play football (he's a QB and could be Baker Mayfield's replacement) at Oklahoma for 1 year.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 6, 2018
Kyler Murray is close to finalizing his deal with the #Athletics, source confirms @JonHeyman report. He will be allowed to play one more season of college football at Oklahoma, per the agreement. @MLBNetwork @MLB
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 6, 2018
According to FRS Network Baseball’s Jon Heyman, the deal will allow Murray to remain on campus for the summer and fall to compete for the Sooner football program. His deal gives the impression that “his heart appears to be on the baseball field for the long-term,” according to Heyman.
Lincoln Riley spoke recently at the Tulsa Sooner Caravan that Murray is excited about the possibility to compete for the starting job and to be the heir-apparent to Hesiman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield for Oklahoma.
“Everybody else has been more worried about it than me,” Riley said in Tulsa. “I haven’t lost one night of sleep over it. I knew the deal getting into it when he left (Texas) A&M, we had very candid conversations about it.”
Yesterday Riley released a statement on his Twitter account about Murray’s draft pick.
“We’re excited to have him here for us this upcoming football season,” Riley said yesterday in a statement. “He’s excited to get into workouts and help us pursue another championship.”
Murray will compete with redshirt sophomore Austin Kendall for the starting quarterback position. Murray appeared in seven games last season, mostly in mop-up duty or in special packages, with one start (West Virginia) where he only played one series due to a punishment of Mayfield.
Kendall redshirted last season but appeared in two games in 2016.