Kyler Murray Signs with Kliff Kingsbury's Agent After Choosing NFL over MLB

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2019

MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 29:  Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners looks to pass against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Former Oklahoma Sooners star Kyler Murray has signed with agent Erik Burkhardt after declaring his intentions to pursue an NFL career.

Burkhardt announced the news Tuesday on Twitter:

ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that Burkhardt also represents Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff KingsburyThat is perhaps noteworthy because Kingsbury said in October he'd take Murray No. 1 overall if he could:

Little did he know he would be in position to do that. Arizona owns the top pick in the 2019 draft, and after they finished with the NFL's worst record (3-13), the Cardinals fired former coach Steve Wilks in favor of Kingsbury.

Taken by the Oakland Athletics with the ninth overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner has faced gobs of speculation over whether he'd choose pro baseball or football. Murray provided clarity Monday:

He is coming off his only season as Oklahoma's starting quarterback. He completed 69 percent of his passes for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns, adding 1,001 yards and 12 scores on the ground. 

Thanks to Murray's dynamic playmaking abilities, the Sooners went 12-2, won the Big 12 and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Bleacher Report draft expert Matt Miller rates Murray as the third-best quarterback in this year's draft class. The biggest question mark surrounding the dual-threat star has been his 5'10", 195-pound frame.

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While Kingsbury may have been a Murray fan while the two were in the Big 12 together last season, Arizona may not target a quarterback. It was just one year ago that the Cardinals traded up to No. 10 to draft Josh Rosen out of UCLA.

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