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Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray officially declares for NFL Draft, leaves MLB future unknown

Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray officially declares for NFL Draft, leaves MLB future unknown

Oklahoma Sooners star quarterback Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft just inside the deadline, he announced on Twitter on Monday.

The 2018 Heisman Trophy winner was selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Oakland A's in June, and the No. 9 overall pick has a $4.66 million deal that allowed him to play football with the Sooners for his junior season. 

He was previously expected to report to spring training with the A's in mid-February, but the San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that Oakland was expecting him to enter the NFL Draft. 

However, declaring for the NFL Draft does not immediately impact his deal with the A's. He could still report to spring training -- position players start Feb. 15 in Mesa, Arizona -- but that could conflict with the NFL scouting combine, which begins Feb. 26 in Indianapolis.

As an outfielder, Murray is in such high demand by Major League Baseball that the league will allow Murray to join Oakland's 40-man roster and build upon his nearly-$5 million deal instead of first playing in the minors, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Sunday. The A's being able to offer Murray a major league contract could hand him a dollar amount similar to what he'd receive as a top NFL Draft pick.

According to USA TODAY Sports' Bob Nightengale, the A's, including team president Billy Beane, met with Murray and made their case for him to choose professional baseball as recently as Sunday.

Murray followed Baker Mayfield as Oklahoma's quarterback this season, and despite the Sooners listing him at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, he could still be a first-round NFL Draft pick too. 

While leading the Sooners to a Big 12 championship and the College Football Playoff -- Oklahoma ultimately lost to Alabama -- Murray maintained a 69.0 completion percentage. He threw for 4,361 yards, which was third nationally, ran for 1,001 yards and accumulated a combined 54 touchdowns.

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

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Colin Kaepernick, NFL reach settlement in collusion case

NEW YORK  -- Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have settled collusion lawsuits against the NFL.

In a three-sentence statement released Friday, the NFL said:

"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

Kaepernick's lawyer tweeted an identical statement.

Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league, saying they were blacklisted because of protests during the national anthem at games. Kaepernick has not played in the league since 2016, while Reid missed three games last season before signing with Carolina.

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Oddsmakers expect one of the Gruden brothers on Hard Knocks this summer

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Oddsmakers expect one of the Gruden brothers on Hard Knocks this summer

Every summer, football fans get entertained by Hard Knocks. The specific team doesn't matter; the access brings fans inside an NFL training camp in a way that only players and coaches get to experience. 

For the teams, most bristle at the possibility of going on the show. There are plenty of reasons. Coaches are more secretive than CIA employees, but even more than, going on Hard Knocks means the team missed the playoffs the year before but did not have a coaching change. 

Well, the Redskins fit that criteria. So could the Burgundy and Gold land on the HBO show this August? The oddsmakers have weighed in.

It makes sense that the Raiders would be the favorite for Hard Knocks. Their coach, Jon Gruden, is probably one of the most recognizable faces and names in the NFL. They'll have plenty of drama, both on the field as Gruden looks to rebuild the organization, and off, as the team is in turmoil about where to play games in 2019 before a planned move to Las Vegas in 2020. They even have Mike Mayock, the former NFL Network star turned Oakland GM.

Nobody wants to watch the Lions. Be honest. 

Then come the Redskins. Word is the front office wants to avoid the show, and the team lacks the star power of other organizations. But it could be fun. Jim Tomsula mic'd up. Jay Gruden has a great sense of humor. Josh Norman and Derrius Guice would be fan favorites, and the HBO producers excel at creating characters out of rookies and undrafted types. There could be a rookie QB.

The Giants and Niners also present compelling stories. New York has major star power in Odell Beckham and Saquon Barkley. San Francisco has Jimmy Garoppolo working back from an injury and a staff that might be soon feeling the heat after two years missing the playoffs. 

Looking at the options, the Raiders make sense being the favorite, but don't count the Redskins out either. Hard Knocks will be here soon, and a Gruden seems likely to be on it.

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