From Tom Brady to Deshaun Watson to Russell Wilson to Aaron Rodgers, quarterbacks more and more have realized the facility they’ve. The following wave of quarterbacks with leverage and willingness to make use of it may embody Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray.
Murray, the primary total choose within the 2019 draft, continues to speak about doubtlessly taking part in baseball. A top-10 choose of the A’s, he’d have a baseball gig every time he’d need it.
“I’m not trying to start anything, I’m just talking,” Murray instructed reporters after elevating the topic in a Thursday session with reporters, through Darren City of the staff’s official web site.
Typically speaking is sufficient to begin one thing. On this case, nonetheless, there’s nothing to actually begin. Baseball has at all times been an possibility for Murray, from the second he selected to enter the NFL draft. Not like the overwhelming majority of soccer gamers, Murray can play one other sport at a excessive degree. He may make as a lot, possibly extra, in baseball. (Former Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija, who may have been a first-round choose in 2007, performed baseball for extra years than former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, the second total choose in 2007, performed soccer. Samardzija additionally earned extra from his baseball profession than Johnson earned from his soccer profession.)
Whether or not Murray ever makes the change to baseball, the mere chance of doing so offers him extra energy. What if he doesn’t just like the long-term presents he will get from the Cardinals after he turns into eligible for a brand new deal after the 2021 season? What if the Cardinals finally apply the franchise tag and Murray decides to drag a Le’Veon Bell, sitting out a full yr (or longer). Not like Bell, Murray would earn excellent cash whereas taking part in baseball.
Soccer gamers who aren’t proud of their contractual presents not often have a viable Door No. 2. Murray has one, and can proceed to have one.
So Murray isn’t beginning something in any respect. He’s persevering with to remind the Cardinals and everybody else of the elephant within the room, holding a bat in its trunk and balancing itself on an enormous baseball. Soccer wants Murray greater than he wants soccer. Typically, that’s what a man wants in an effort to get absolutely and pretty compensated for his abilities, skills, and sacrifices.
And who is aware of? Perhaps Murray — who has stated he’d like to play each sports activities — finally will attempt to engineer a scenario by which he can play each baseball and soccer in the identical metropolis.
Till he slams the door on baseball (or on soccer), the likelihood will proceed to linger. Till he retains speaking about baseball, the door positively gained’t be slammed.