Last fall, it seems that the obvious conclusion that Keiler Marie will eventually play professional baseball.
The Oakland A chose the Oklahoma Outfielder with the ninth choice of draft 2018 and signed it for a deal worth nearly $ 5 million.
The terms of the contract allowed him to play one more year of football for the Souners, something that Merry had made clear to him was his top priority.
"We were totally with his desire to play quarterback in Oklahoma," Scouting director Eric Covota told reporters last June: "In truth, we're a bit excited to be an Oklahoma fan for 12 games."
A bet on Murray did not pay off
Fast forward to January, and Marie won the Heisman Cup, and Cleveland Cleveland Rocky quarterback Baker Mayfield helped keep breaking the stigma against the undersized quarterbacks at the NFL.
Standing about 5-10 and around 200 pounds, Murray has this type of body that was largely left by NFL viewers years ago. Now he is sure to first round and choose who can go first to the next week's NFL draft board.
All this has so far added a strong draw for Murray, who famously chose from the guaranteed millions of A was committed to him for the opportunity to be the NFL quarterback franchise.
According to the Sports Illustrated report, Murray left a lot more money on the table than originally thought.
2018 Heisman trophy Cup Murray Murray
Texas A & M Quarterback Kyle Murray (1) warming up before the NCAA College football game on Saturday, September 5, 2015, in Houston. (AP Photo / George W. Bridges)
Texas A & M Quarterback Kyle Murray Heats Up Before NCAA College Football Game Against Nevada Saturday, September 19, 2015, at College Station, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)
Texas A & M quarterback Keil Murray (1) during the first half of the NCAA college football match against South Carolina, Saturday, October 31, 2015 at College Station, Texas. (AP Photo / Eric Homo)
Texas A & M Quarterback Kyler Murray (1) on practice in the field before the start of the NCAA football game in college between Texas A & M and Western Karolina Saturday, November 14, 2015, in college. Station Station, Texas. Texas A & defeated Western Carolina 41-17. (AP Photo / Juan DeLeon)
Oklahoma Quarterback Kayler Marie during the NCAA annual Oklahoma Spring College spring football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, April 8, 2017. (AP Photo / Su Ogruki)
For the second season of Lincoln Riley as chief executive in Oklahoma, Sunyers should find Heisman's successor Mayfield Bayfield. So a large part of the first spring of the coach was determining the new starter, the process between last year's backup Keiler Marie and the red shirt Austin Kendall continue into the summer and pre-season. (AP Photo / Su Ogruki, file)
Auckland Athletics Draft Pick Keiler Marie waiting to hit during practice batting before baseball game between Los Angeles Athletics and Angels in Oakland, CA, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Mori talks with the media following the NCAA College Football Day Media in Norman, Oklahoma, Monday, August 6, 2018. (AP Photo / Sue Ugroki)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) throws in the first half of NCAA College playing against Florida Atlantic in Norman, Okla, Saturday, September 1, 2018. (AP Photo / Su Ogruki)
File – On 8 September 2018, photo file, Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) throws during college football game NCAA between UCLA and Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma of Keiler Murray, Will Virgil. Virginia Greer, Iowa State of Brooke Fordy Sam Ahlinger of Texas was impressive and can determine which teams makes it to the December 1 title game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo / Su Ogruki, file)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiler Marie (1) and Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (2) Celebrate during the NCAA college football match between the Oklahoma Army and Norman, Okla, Saturday, September 22, 2018. (AP Photo / Sue Ogrukki)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) crashes against Texas during the first half of the NCAA college football game at Cotton Bull, Saturday, October 6, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo / Neil Cooper)
Texas Tech Coach Cliff Kingsbury speaks Oklahoma's Keiller Murray (1) after NCAA College Football Game Saturday, November 3, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo / Brad Thompson)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) goes out of the field following a game against the Oklahoma State NCAA College Football match at Norman, Oklahoma, Saturday, November 10, 2018. Oklahoma won 48-47. (AP Photo / Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) Tribute to his team during a match against Kansas during the second half of NCAA playing football at college in Norman, Oklahoma, Saturday, November 17, 2018. Oklahoma won 55-40. (AP Photo / Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) ran for a touch towards the Kansas defenders during the second half of the NCAA College Football Game in Norman, Oklahoma, Saturday, November 17, 2018. Oklahoma won 55-40. (AP Photo / Alonzo Adams)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) celebrates the sidelines after throwing a touch against Oklahoma during the second half of the Big 12 NCAA Championship Conference at the College Football Game on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma won 39-27. (AP Photo / Gerry Perry McWhorter)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray (1) celebrates after a throw to switch to a strong touchdown end to Grant Calcaterra at the end of the first half of Big 12 NCAA Championship Conference College football game against Texas on Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo / Gerry Perry McWhorter)
(Center left) is interviewed by ESPN Holly Holly Rowe (left) after receiving the MVP award while head coach Lincoln Riley (right) and the Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby (center right) looked after the NCAA Big 12 Football Conference at the Oklahoma Oklahoma Championships Texas Longhorns, Saturday, December 1, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Oklahoma defeated Texas 39-27. (AP Photo / Roger & Steinman)
FIL – In December 1, 2018, an image file, the Oklahoma Oklahoma Keiler quarterback raised the best player trophy after beating Texas 39-27 in the Big 12 Championship at the NCAA college football game, in Arlington, Texas. Murray was elected to the Associated Press football player this year, Thursday, December 6, 2018. (AP Photo / Jeffrey McWhorter, File)
Oklahoma quarterback Keiler Mori holds the Heisman Cup after winning the award Saturday, December 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo / Craig Ruttle)
Oklahoma Quarterback Keiller Murray speaks on Thursday, December 27, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Florida, at the Cowell Hall on December 29 (AP / Brin Anderson)
(AP Photo / Lynn Sladky) (AP Photo / Lynn Sladky) The first round of NCAA college football match against NCAA against Alabama, Saturday, December 29, 2018, in Miami Gardens, Florida (AP Photo / Lynn Sladky)
Miami, Florida December 29: Keiler Marie # 1 of Oklahoma Sonners goes off-field during college football playoffs semi-final game at Capital One Orange Bowl on December 29, 2018 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Credit: mpi04 / MediaPunch / IPX
Michael, Florida – December 29: Keiler Marie # 1 of Oklahoma Sooners reacts after losing Alabama Crimson Tide in the semifinals of the playoffs semi-finals in one capital Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo: Michael Reeves / Getty Images)
A proposed URI proposal is upped by $ 14M
SI's Robert Klemko reports that A's increased their commitment to Murray in January with an offer of $ 14 million guaranteed money in addition to his original signature bonus.
From the report:
According to a close associate of the family, A's unit, which visited Keiler in January, offered him a contract worth $ 14 million in guaranteed cash, in addition to his signing bonus. (The deal would require that Oakland take the extreme step of adding Marie to the staff of her 40 people and would pay a figure similar to that of the top 10 NFL draft to choose. In this context, bears linebacker Roquan Smith, who went eighth in 2018, A four-year deal worth $ 18.5 million.) But Keiler rejected the offer, and his family kept the money outside the media. "
Report the offer was added until the first round NFL silver
So basically, A's offered Murray the first round NFL money to stay with baseball. It was a clear commitment to a baseball threat that, like most young customers, was not guaranteed to develop into a contributing MLB player.
But with Murray shooting NFL draft boards, he held significant leverage on A, who would love to extract the first NFL silver round to a proven option.
Still not enough
Of course Murray rebels them and will enter next week as the biggest story of the NFL draft. Murray reportedly shunning the offer of a reinforces the idea that football is his first love, something that should be clear when he decided last fall to play his free game instead of starting his professional baseball career.
Bryan's A clearly coveted and took a big bet and lost when their decision to recruit him and allow him to play football backfired. They probably appreciated it so much that they screwed up the norms of baseball deals with a massive offer and try to keep it on deck.
Eventually the NFL temptation was too strong for Murray. He will understand these dreams next Thursday when his name is read in the first round of the draft.
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