Kyler Murray jolted the sports world on Monday when he tweeted
Given his ability to play both sports, some have suggested, including NFL insider Ian Rapoport, that Murray has increased leverage over any team that aims to select him, as he can simply threaten to play baseball instead.
Murray told me at the Super Bowl that he won't be doing this. https://t.co/rVmyc1DZzA— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 12, 2019
Rapoport was not willing to go down easy. He quickly fired back by pointing out that Murray also had originally promised the A's that he was fully committed to baseball before changing his mind.
Also told the A’s he was definitely playing baseball— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 12, 2019
While Rapoport is right that Murray once had every intention to play baseball, that was before he exceeded all expectations and won the Heisman in his first and only year as a starter at Oklahoma. He wasn't expected to be a major NFL
Murray has returned nearly all of the signing bonus that he received from the A's. While the Athletics remain hopeful that Murray will one day return to baseball, he's made his intentions for 2019 more than clear. Surely RapSheet is capable of grasping that.