Let us put that in perspective.
The Vikings aren't a team in the market for Murray. The odds of being drafted by an National Football League side are about nine in 10,000. "I would take him with the first pick of the draft if I could", Kingsbury said at the time. The Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins have also been viewed as landing spots for him.
"Things have certainly changed since the draft", Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice-president of baseball operations, said before the announcement.
"Moving forward, I am firmly and fully committing my life and time to becoming an National Football League quarterback", said Murray.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, the Oklahoma Sooners Heisman victor will have to pay back $1.29 million of the $1.5 million the A's already paid him after drafting him ninth overall in 2018. Secondly, he is not guaranteed to be drafted as high as his Heisman victor status would suggest. "He is listed at 5'10" which is really short for an National Football League quarterback. The last of those was in 2005.
We have seen short quarterbacks perform well in the NFL.
And that is the real prize for Murray. He must return six-sevenths of the money he received, or $1,285,714.
Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor Kyler Murray apparently won't be the next Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders.
Oakland, which started spring training workouts on Monday, had a locker with a No. 73 jersey waiting for him. "You want somebody, especially with the number one pick, that you can look at and say, 'This person is going to be here for eight-to-ten years and be an anchor at their position and be a real leader in our organization'".