The Heisman victor tweeted Monday that he will be playing football over baseball, making him an intriguing quarterback prospect in April's draft.
Murray, who was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the summer, announced on social media he was going to stick with football over baseball as MLB spring training opens up and the NFL draft lurks two months away.
Relating to the Patriots, they will always be interested in quarterbacks as long as Tom Brady is still on the roster since they need to find an eventual replacement. Despite many draft analysts insisting that this year's quarterback class isn't particularly strong, most still expect at least three of four quarterbacks to go in the first round, perhaps even in the top 10.
The Athletics will not receive a compensation draft pick for losing Murray to the National Football League but will retain his rights if he chooses to return to baseball in the future.
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However, unless there is a trade made for the No. 1 overall pick, it seems unlikely that Murray will be drafted at the same spot Mayfield was.
Now for the first time since the drama of baseball or football became a reality, Murray is saying no thanks to the A's and heading to the NFL. Oakland is now due a refund of $1.29 million of the bonus, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan, and Murray will forfeit the future $3.16 million payment.
"Football has been my love and passion my entire life", Murray said in Monday's statement.
The A's will retain Murray's rights, so they don't get a compensatory draft pick in next year's draft.
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The NFL draft begins on April 25.
Back in June, the A's took a big swing and drafted Murray with the No. 9 overall selection in the MLB Draft.
Taking to Twitter, Herbstreit wished Murray good luck in his NFL preparation and had a message for the rest of the league.
"Quarterback is a very demanding position, as is being a major-league baseball player", A's executive vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane said. "To say somebody could or couldn't, I'm not here to say that".
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