Phase one of the Kyler Murray is officially happening.
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.
QB/CF Kyler Murray is expected by those involved to declare for the NFL draft tonight’s deadline. If he doesn’t, it would be a shocker. Declaring for the draft is really only procedure and allows him to keep his options open. He could still opt to play baseball ultimately.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 14, 2019
Then, Murray did less than an hour later vis his Twitter account.
I have declared for the NFL Draft.— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019
The entire first round of the NFL Draft just experienced a shakeup.
Murray is junior at Oklahoma and has to officially declare before the deadline if he wants to be drafted, which is why he had to make it known on Monday. This gives
The A’s are allowed by rules to give Murray an MLB deal for much more than his $4.66M signing bonus if he opts for baseball but Sunday’s meeting, which also included MLB marketing chief Barbara McHugh, only regarded the A’s belief in his baseball potential. No $ were discussed.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 14, 2019
The Oakland Athletics, who drafted him ninth overall last summer, are talking to Murray about committing to baseball full time and not going to the NFL. The A's are allowed to give Murray a big league deal, which could sway him to baseball, but at this point they'll have to meet his fiscal demands if they want any chance of keeping their top draft pick.
As @AdamSchefter said, Kyler Murray still can play baseball. That door remains open. By declaring for the NFL Draft, he officially gave himself the option to pursue a professional football career. Going to be an interesting few weeks as he makes his ultimate decision.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 14, 2019
Of course, it's hard to treat this news as anything but a negotiating tactic at this stage.