Kyler Murray winning the Heisman Trophy has seemed to re-ignite speculation that he might look to play in the NFL. If he does, it will cost him a lot of money from the contract he signed with MLB’s Oakland Athletics.
MLB Network’s Jon Morosi confirmed that playing in the NFL would cost Murray a good portion of his signing bonus.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 12, 2018
That obviously makes sense. It would be surprising if there was any other sort of deal.
But in a media session during MLB’s Winter Meetings, Boras redirected a question about how possible playing both baseball and football would be.
When I asked Boras if there is any scenario in which Murray could play baseball and football, Boras responded, “That’s a question for Billy Beane.”
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 12, 2018
Murray’s situation is very unique. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders played in MLB and the NFL at the same time. Brian Jordan played in the NFL as he was in Minor League Baseball, though he left football before reaching the majors. But it’s much easier for a running back like Jackson or a defensive back like Sanders or Jordan.
Murray is a quarterback. Come NFL training camp time, when MLB’s season is still going, it’s awfully hard to imagine a quarterback also playing baseball.
Murray is obviously an exceptional athlete. But this would be a tall task.