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Mike Trout's $430M contract has everyone debating Kyler Murray's decision

Mike Trout's $430M contract has everyone debating Kyler Murray's decision

Mike Trout just got paid.

I mean, really paid.

The Angels superstar reportedly is nearing a 12-year, $430 million extension with the Halos, keeping him in Los Angeles through the 2030 season. As we know in baseball, every cent of that $430 million is fully guaranteed.

Meanwhile, former A's prospect-turned NFL draft prospect Kyler Murray is forgoing the potential guarantees of baseball money for non-guaranteed football money. 

While Murray surely will recoup a good payday when he hears his name called in the NFL draft -- if he is drafted No. 1 he should take home over $20 million in guaranteed cash -- Twitter had a field day wondering whether Murray now regrets his decision after seeing Trout's contract.

Bengals linebacker Malik Jefferson could only react with an emoji, and Cowboys reporter Clarence Hill of the Dallas Star-Telegram had a simple GIF response.

Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman weighed in as well.

And not surprisingly, there was an abundance of GIFs from Twitter users everywhere.

Trout, of course, is the best player in baseball, so comparing him to Murray isn't exactly fair to the Heisman Trophy winner.

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But you can bet the A's would have loved to have the opportunity to pay Murray even half (a quarter, an eighth?) of Trout's salary if he stuck with baseball.

I guess we'll never know ...

NFL rumors: Kyler Murray, Raiders reportedly to meet before 2019 draft

NFL rumors: Kyler Murray, Raiders reportedly to meet before 2019 draft

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray held his pro day Wednesday, but Raiders brass reportedly will save their meeting with him for down the line.

The Silver and Black will privately meet with Murray closer to next month's draft, The MMQB's Albert Breer reported. 

Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock were not in attendance Wednesday, as they were in Oakland when the Raiders introduced star receiver Antonio Brown. 

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson represented the Raiders at Murray's pro day.

Last week, NBC Sports' Peter King told "The Dan Patrick Show" that Gruden is "very interested" in Murray. Publicly, the Raiders have maintained they are committed to Derek Carr as their franchise QB, and the 27-year-old just set career highs in completion percentage (68.9), passing yards (4,049) and yards per attempt (7.3) in his first year in Gruden's offense.

Still, moving on from Carr wouldn't necessarily require a major financial headache. The Raiders would have just $2.5 million in dead money on their books if they traded him after June 1. They also can cut or trade Carr next offseason, and have no more than $5 million in dead money.

If the Raiders truly are interested in Murray, they'll have at least one significant hurdle to clear. The Arizona Cardinals, who hold the No. 1 overall pick, are the consensus favorites to draft the Oklahoma star.

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With four picks in the top 35, the Raiders conceivably could move up to select Murray, but they would leave plenty of roster holes unfilled in the process. Chief among those holes is an NFL-worst pass rush that accounted for just 13 sacks in 2018, and the pass-rushing talent at the top of the draft will be tough to pass up.

Still, the Raiders' offseason began with a splash in acquiring Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they tried to follow it up by signing Le'Veon Bell. Drafting Murray would be another big move, and would give the team its quarterback of the future headed into Las Vegas in 2020.

It might make sharing a home with the MLB team that drafted him a bit awkward, though.

Kyler Murray shuts door on ever joining A's, reiterates NFL commitment

Kyler Murray shuts door on ever joining A's, reiterates NFL commitment

When Kyler Murray announced he was choosing football over baseball, the A's did not shut the door on him eventually joining the organization.

The former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback did that himself on Saturday.

"I mean, they can hold out all the hope they want to," Murray told reporters in Norman, Okla. "I'm going to play football."

The A's drafted Murray with the No. 9 overall pick in last year's MLB draft, and allowed him to return to school for his junior season. As the Sooners' starter, Murray led Oklahoma to the College Football Playoff and won the Heisman Trophy. 

Although he ruled out ever joining the club, Murray said he was grateful the A's allowed him to go back to Oklahoma in the fall. More importantly, he said they gave him space to breathe. 

"That organization, being with the A's, was the best possible situation for me just because they were so great throughout the football season," Murray said, "kind of leaving me alone and letting me do my own thing, and at the same time letting me know how much I meant to them and that type of stuff. Telling them was tough."

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Murray will participate in next week's NFL Scouting Combine, as he tries to solidify his status as a first-round pick. If Murray is drafted in the first round in April, he will become the first player to be a first-round pick in the MLB and NFL. 

Ultimately, the A's will become just a small part of that history.