Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback Kyler Murray has officially made a decision to focus on football going forward, leaving nearly $5 million on the table from the Oakland Athletics who drafted him 9th overall in the 2018 MLB Draft.
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.
Murray, a top 10 pick in last year's MLB Draft, has been flirting with both football and baseball over the past couple of months, refusing to reveal which way he was leaning.
The Texan recorded 4,361 passing yards and 1,001 rushing yards with 54 touchdowns in 14 games in his final season with the Oklahoma Sooners previous year.
Murray's baseball deal called for him to receive $1.5 million within 30 days of the deal's approval last summer by Major League Baseball and $3.16 million on March 1. He is now training for the NFL Draft in April and is set to participate in the league's upcoming scouting combine.
Murray is set to take part in the National Football League combine, where college prospects perform physical and mental tests in front of National Football League coaches and scouts, on 26 February before the first round of the draft on 25 April.
Murray is not a carbon copy of Mayfield by any means, but like Mayfield, Murray has the "it" factor and understands how to operate an offense efficiently and has the wherewithal to go off-script when necessary and make big plays. "Obviously the fact that he would want to play quarterback, if he chooses the football route, is a little different than Deion or Bo or some of those guys", Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said in November. The A's will retain his rights if he does choose to return to baseball in the future.