The Oklahoma Sooners face a problem not many college programs have to worry about in 2018. One of their star players, and arguably their most valuable, is an impending professional baseball player.
When the Oakland Athletics drafted Oklahoma center fielder Kyler Murray with the ninth-overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, they gambled on a young man with two focuses: a blossoming baseball career, and starting at quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners. The gambled paid off, and Murray signed a contract with Oakland that included a $4.6 million signing bonus.
At Big 12 Media Days, Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley made one thing clear: Kyler Murray is not the Sooners’ starting quarterback, yet.
All signs point to Murray playing football in Norman, filling the void left by Heisman trophy winner Baker Mayfield, then heading to hit home runs in Oakland’s farm system next year.
In the meantime, though, we couldn’t help but wonder: what professional athletes will make LESS money than college quarterback Kyler Murray?
All values are the average yearly salary based on information from Spotrac.com.
Marshawn Lynch, RB: $4.5 million
Josh Rosen, QB: $4.39 million
Justin Tucker, K: $4.2 million
Mark Ingram, RB: $4 million
Ted Ginn, Jr., WR: $3.67 million
DeShaun Watson, QB: $3.46 million
Todd Gurley, RB: $3.45 million
Aaron Donald, DT: $2.53 million
Mark Sanchez, QB: $2.00 million
Matt Adams, 1B: $4.00 million
Noah Syndergaard, P: $2.97 million
Joc Pederson, RF: $2.6 million
Bartolo Colon, P: $1.75 million
Chase Utley, 2B: $1.00 million
Francisco Lindor, SS: $623,000
Aaron Judge, OF: $622,000
Luis Severino, P: $604,975
Lance Stephenson, SG: $4.5 million
Lauri Markkanen, PF: $4.17 million
Marcus Smart, SG: $3.71 million
Myles Turner, C: $2.70 million
Manu Ginobili, SG: $2.5 million
Udonis Haslem, PF: $2.32 million
Dwayne Wade: SG: $2.32 million
Kyle Kuzma, PF: $1.55 million