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How much is No. 1 worth in the NFL? Kyler Murray is now laughing at that MLB bonus

Kyler Murray says he picked football over baseball because he loves it

Before accepting the 2018 Davey O'Brien Trophy in Fort Worth on Monday night, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said he picked football over baseball simply because he loves the game.
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Before accepting the 2018 Davey O'Brien Trophy in Fort Worth on Monday night, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray said he picked football over baseball simply because he loves the game.

Much was made of Kyler Murray having to return his $4.6 million signing bonus to the Oakland Athletics after deciding he wanted to play football instead.

It was big roll of the dice for Murray, despite his impeccable record at Oklahoma, which included the 2018 Heisman Trophy. He had to forfeit the A’s bonus after they took him 9th overall in the 2018 MLB draft.

Murray bet on himself in football and Thursday night it paid off. He’ll receive about a $23.5 signing bonus from the Arizona Cardinals after they selected him No. 1 overall in the first round of the NFL draft Thursday.

According to Spotrac, Murray is set to sign a four-year, fully guaranteed contract for $35 million. Spotrac.com tracks professional contracts, salaries and salary cap management.

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.


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