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Heyman | Kyler Murray signs deal with A’s allowing him to play football

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Apr 9, 2016; Norman, OK, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up during the first half of the spring game at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports
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Kyler Murray, the two-sport sensation ho was the No. 9 pick overall, has struck a deal with the Oakland A’s that will guarantee him close to $5 million and allow him to play quarterback at the University of Oklahoma the next school year.

Murray, who also played outfield at Oklahoma, is playing football to honor his commitment to the staff at OU, but by the terms of this deal it seems that his heart appears to be on the baseball field long-term. Murray has been seen as the heir apparent to Hesiman Trophy-winning QB Baker Mayfield, and would seem to be the favorite to start at QB for OU — though the staff there is thought to understand he’s viewing baseball as his future sport.

Murray was seen as about the best all-around athlete in the draft, and in the words of one scout, a “Rickey Henderson type.”

The slot value at No. 9 is $4.7 million.

Murray is seen as a great power-speed combination player, as he reached double-digits in both home runs and stolen bases for OU while manning center field for the first time. He was a shortstop in high school.

As a football player, he led Allen (Texas) High School to three straight state championships. Murray’s uncle Calvin Murray was a major-league outfielder.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for the FRS Sports Network, the home for his breaking news, information and his weekly Inside Baseball column on FRS Baseball. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009. Heyman previously worked for CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated, Newsday in New York and Sporting News, among other outlets. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, New Mexico native grew up in Cedarhurst, New York, on Long Island.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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