Relating to the Patriots, they will always be interested in quarterbacks as long as Tom Brady is still on the roster since they need to find an eventual replacement.
Murray is a projected first-round pick in April's draft and will nearly certainly become the first athlete to be drafted in the first round of both the National Football League and MLB.
Oakland paid Murray a $4.66MM signing bonus in last summer's draft, and while they'll reportedly recoup the vast majority of that sum, they won't be given a compensatory pick in the 2019 draft to make up for Murray's decision to choose an National Football League career over MLB.
He initially planned on a baseball career, but a potential football career called after he threw for 42 touchdowns to seven interceptions as a junior this season at Oklahoma. Football has been my love and passion my entire life. Murray was the Heisman Trophy award victor and helped the Sooners make the College Football Playoff semifinals. Additionally, Murray began his college career at Texas A&M - there and in the past three years at Oklahoma he played in variations of the Air Raid offense run by Kingsbury.
Oakland, which started spring training workouts Monday, had a locker with a No. 73 jersey waiting for him.
"Things have certainly changed since the draft", Billy Beane, Oakland's executive vice president of baseball operations, said Monday, via the Associated Press.
According to ESPN, Murray will have to return $1.29m of his $1.5m signing bonus and will not receive the remaining $3.16m. Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick last April, can expect to earn just under $33 million over his rookie contract with the Cleveland Browns, including a signing bonus of more than $22 million.