A’s to offer Murray more money as NFL deadline hits

In an effort to keep Kyler Murray out of the NFL, the Oakland Athletics are prepared to offer a guaranteed Major League Baseball contract that represents a significant increase over their initial agreement with the 2018 first-round MLB draft pick.

Murray won the Heisman Trophy in December and is contemplating entering the 2019 NFL Draft, but the A’s want him to commit to baseball.

Oakland drafted Murray ninth overall in June. Murray signed a contract with $4.8 million up front under the proviso he could play the just-completed college football season.

ESPN reported that Murray, who is projected as a possible first-round NFL pick as well, changed his circumstances by playing for Oklahoma, thus opening the door for the Athletics to place him on the 40-man roster with a major league deal.

When the sets met Sunday, per reports, there was no final decision made by Murray’s camp on whether he would enter the NFL draft. The deadline for underclassmen to enter their name for consideration in the 2019 draft, which takes place in April, is midnight ET Monday.

–Field Level Media