National Football League prospect Kyler Murray says he is committed to the NFL

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Murray announced on Monday that he is committing fully to a future playing football.

Kyler Murray's announcement on Monday that he's "firmly and fully" committed to pursuing his National Football League career brought rapid, rampant speculation about where the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will land in the upcoming draft.

His NFL draft status remains unclear, but he is projected by many to be drafted in the first round.

Murray announced his decision to exclusively concentrate on the gridiron Monday on Twitter. Drafted by the Oakland A's in the 2018 draft, Murray signed a contract with them but can opt out after he pays back any bonuses he received. Thanks to his decision, he will return $1.29 million of the $1.5 million bonus and forfeit the remaining $3.16 million.

Murray added that he has "started an extensive training program to further prepare myself for upcoming National Football League workouts and interviews".

Murray, who won the Heisman Trophy last season, is one of the top quarterback prospects in this year's class, joining Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins and Missouri's Drew Lock. Although the A's were hoping he'd choose baseball, they were increasingly pessimistic the longer his locker in their spring-training clubhouse sat empty.

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The Heisman Trophy victor has been pushed toward football after an incredible junior season in which he threw for 4,361 passing yards and 42 touchdowns for Oklahoma.

The Cardinals have multiple options for their pick at No. 1 overall, the first time since 1958 the team has held that spot.

Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson are the highest-profile dual-sport stars, as both played baseball and football at the same time in the 1990s.

Baker Mayfield, who was awarded the same hardware in 2017, was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Murray showed off his skills taking batting practice at the Coliseum in an A's uniform back in June, greeted by "WELCOME TO OAKLAND" on the big scoreboard with his photo. The Jaguars are in need of a signal caller and have been linked to Murray on the Dallas Morning News website and other publications.

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