The report says declaring for the draft does not guarantee Murray will reject his $4.7 million signing bonus he received from the A's, but it increases the chance he will decide to play pro football.
Slusser notes that declaring for the draft does not mean the Heisman victor will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A's outright, but it does increase the chances of him ultimately choosing football over baseball.
The reigning Heisman Trophy victor was selected ninth overall in the 2018 MLB Draft by the A's.More news: Australia to Tour India in Feb-March: Full List of Matches, Venues
That shift in the National Football League, undoubtedly helped by the success of Lamar Jackson with the Ravens as a speedster dual threat with a smaller frame, has apparently made Murray, once a lock to play baseball, suddenly unsure.
ESPN draft experts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay have noted that Murray could be a first-round pick, and ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Wednesday that Murray was getting "first-round feedback" about the NFL.More news: Sundance Adds Michael Jackson Sexual Abuse Documentary to Lineup
Murray, 21, complicated things by leading Oklahoma to an 12-2 record and a spot in the College Football Playoff, winning the Heisman Trophy along the way. Murray could, theoretically, declare for the National Football League draft ahead of this weekend's deadline, but in doing so he'd likely have to give up on his baseball ambitions.
Last month, on the eve of the Heisman ceremony, it was clear that Murray was torn about which sport he wanted to play. The Sooners' season ended with a 45-34 loss to Alabama in the national semifinals.
Murray, an outfielder on the diamond, is due to report to spring training in Arizona on February 15 - nearly two weeks before the NFL's scouting combine takes place.More news: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's $4.5m temporary farm home
Murray plays center field in baseball and, obviously, can't still play for Oklahoma this spring. "All I know is Kyler has a tremendous opportunity to be a great baseball player and he knows that".