Kyler Murray's bank account is happy with his decision to ditch baseball for the NFL.
Quarterback Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals during a news conference at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center in Tempe, Ariz., on April 26, 2019. Murray was the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Football draft.
Murray signed a four-year deal worth about $35 million, which includes a signing bonus worth about $23.5 million.
The Oakland A's gave him a signing bonus worth more than $4 million, but his signing bonus with the Cardinals is over four times that amount.
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If there was any question that the Cardinals have high expectations for Murray, it was dispelled when they traded their first-round pick from last year's NFL Draft, quarterback Josh Rosen, to the Miami Dolphins.
Murray made the most of his one season as Oklahoma's starting quarterback, accounting for more than 5,300 yards and 53 touchdowns after backing up Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield in 2017. Murray, who had already agreed to a $4.6 million signing bonus with Oakland after being the No. 9 pick in the Major League Baseball draft, was offered a contract worth $14 million guaranteed.
What once appeared to be a promising professional baseball career, however, changed course dramatically a couple of weeks ago when the reigning Heisman Trophy victor became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.