Kyler Murray isn’t closing the door on playing baseball. At least not yet.
The Cardinals quarterback discussed the idea with reporters Thursday. He knows it’s not an option while he’s with Arizona, but he likes to keep talking about it.
Kyler Murray continues to talk about playing professional baseball at some point. He knows he can’t, acknowledges that the Cardinals certainly don’t think that way, but he says, with a smile, that he doesn’t want to close the door.
“I’m not trying to start anything, I’m just talking.”
– Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) June 10, 2021
Murray was selected ninth overall by the Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft as an outfielder after posting a .296 average, 10 home runs and 10 stolen bases as a junior at Oklahoma.
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Certainly, Murray would have a chance to become a Major League Baseball player if he decided to pursue baseball full-time, but it doesn’t seem likely that he will leave the NFL any time soon. He posted 3,971 passing yards, 819 rushing yards, 37 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season with the Cardinals and nearly led them to a playoff spot in his second season.
Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury likes: “I think we all know that the talent is immense and that he has the opportunity to be as good as anyone in this league. Kingsbury said earlier this offseason, and if Murray continues to play well, he should get a lucrative contract extension from the Cardinals.
That would probably mean no baseball, but with a possible nine-figure contract in tow, Murray wouldn’t mind.
As such, it looks like Murray will be a football player unless he can convince his way to become a two-sport athlete or pull a Tim Tebow and go straight to the minors once his NFL career is over.
But if all goes well, this last scenario will not present itself for quite some time.