One source told The Chronicle that Murray is leaning toward football.
Kingsbury already has a highly drafted quarterback - Josh Rosen - in place, but a Kingsbury interview from October resurfaced Wednesday morning during which he raved about Murray, the University of Oklahoma quarterback who reportedly will enter the National Football League draft despite being taken by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the MLB draft past year.
Oakland would hold Murray's baseball rights in the event he returned to the sport but won't receive a compensatory pick in the 2019 draft if he chooses football, according to Slusser. The NFL's scouting combine begins on February 26, which Murray will likely attend if he chooses to go the football route.
The Chronicle story says Murray is expected to declare for the NFL Draft on Sunday. He is also expected to be a first round pick, which means there'd be more guaranteed money for him in football than in baseball in the immediate future. His agent, Scott Boras, had insisted Murray was committed to playing professional baseball and would attend Spring Training.
"I'd take him with the first pick of the draft if I could". But realistically, it's unlikely Kingsbury would take Murray with the top pick, no matter how big of a freak he is. At that point, Murray would have to make a decision on what sport he wants to play.
If Murray decides to play in NFL especially at the quarterback position teams will expect him to be all in on football and nothing else, that is the only way he will be selected in 1st round if they have those assurances.
"He'll be a first round pick", said one GM in a text to Mike Florio. The Cardinals traded up to the 10th pick in the 2018 draft to nab Rosen, who had all the makings of a top quarterback but slipped in part because of his outspoken nature.