Kyler Murray is not closing the door to baseball. At least not yet.
The Cardinals quarterback discussed the idea with reporters on Thursday. He knows that’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 one point. He knows he can’t, he recognizes 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 recording a .296 average, 10 homers and 10 stolen goals as a junior in Oklahoma.
Granted, Murray would have a shot at becoming a major leaguer if he decided to devote himself to baseball full-time, but it doesn’t seem likely that he’ll be leaving the NFL anytime soon. He recorded 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 berth in his second season.
Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury likes him – “I think we all know the talent is immense, and he has a chance 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 probably wouldn’t mean baseball, but with a potential nine-figure contract, Murray wouldn’t mind.
As such, it looks like Murray will be a football player unless he can become a two-sport athlete or shoot a Tim Tebow and go straight to minors once his NFL career is over.
But if all goes well, that last scenario won’t present itself for some time.