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Russell Wilson plans to go to spring training with the Rangers

Feb 3, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

Russell Wilson won the Super Bowl last night, so he has definitely earned a vacation. His vacation destination: Surprise, Arizona and Rangers training camp:

I guess whether this is truly a vacation for Wilson depends on what “appear” means. As a minor league Rule 5 draft pick of the Rangers, he has every right to suit up and compete for a job. He played second base in the Minors for two seasons in A-ball with Tri-City and Asheville, compiling a .710 OPS in 379 plate appearances.

Of course, he also gave it up then and didn’t play in 2012 or 2013 because, you know, the day job. Figure on a nice photo op in Rangers gear sometime later this month, however. Then he can take a real vacation.

  1. chacochicken - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Russ, nothing left to accomplish in football. Give it up and play some hardball. Plays better too.

    • chacochicken - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      Pays better too, rather but also

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Wilson only makes $650,000 to play QB and maybe looking to make more in baseball.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Something tells me the endorsements are about to start rolling in.

        Most football players make ridiculously more money in endorsements than actually playing the game. Russell is also underpaid because he is still under his rookie contract. Sort of like a certain Angels outfielder, the payday is right around the corner.

      • jm91rs - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Wilson will be making $15Mil + per year in about 3 years (it’s trending that all decent starting “franchise” qb’s will be making this much). While I know his career earning window is much longer in baseball, if he were a $15 million dollar per year baseball player I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have given it up. This has nothing to do with switching careers for money and everything to do with endorsements and maybe a great way to stay in shape during the football off season.

      • omeimontis - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM

        I hope he stays in Seattle and gets the same money that Jay Cutler makes.

    • chinahand11 - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      Everyone has looked up his minor league stats, right? C’mon this is just pub for the Rangers. Russell seems to be a great young man but he hit .229 in 2 seasons. Got some speed, though.

  2. rbj1 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    I wonder what the Mariners would trade for him. Would make for some excellent cross-promotion.

    • miketreedy - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      The Mariners had their chance and should have picked him. The Mariners are probably the third most popular team now behind Seahawks and soccer team. Having Russ would have helped them get exposure. On the other side, it looks like a wise move by the Rockies to release him. He wouldn’t be so popular in Colorado right now.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Jersey sales alone would be worth a low draft pick.

  3. beefytrout - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Taking my first trip to Rangers Spring Training this year. Would be awesome to see Wilson there too.

    • chinahand11 - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Awesome, Beefy. Some of my buddies and I are going to do an AZ spring training trip, catch as many games as we can in a couple of days. When I saw that headline my first thought was to catch a Ranger game. Mr. Wilson, the world is thy oyster, sir. Enjoy.

  4. mvp43 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Not sure I’d want my franchise QB shagging ground balls in off season. I’d much rather he focus on football.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Franchise QB, not yet, he is signed for one more year @ about $650,000, when you give him that 100 mil then you can say he is the franchise QB.

    • jm91rs - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Better than sitting on the couch or sitting on a beach drinking. If I’m with the Seahawks I’d be all for the guy staying active and keeping the face of the franchise in the news (for good reasons) during the off season.

      • louderthanwords1 - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Evil so going by your logic Luck and Kaepernick aren’t franchise qbs? That’s not even to put in debate Griffin and Foles. You can be a franchise qb without being paid as such. Speaking of pay at least get the facts straight on Wilson’s contract. He has 2 yrs left on his rookie deal for about 660,000 and 800,000 but(and this is the reason for his currently low salary) he is finally eligible to renegotiate his contract after the 3rd yr of his rookie deal is completed.

  5. coryfor3 - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    This is just a really smart contract-related move for now. He’s got a year left on his bargain basement rookie NFL contract and can show that he is “serious” about the possibility of baseball. Maybe he’d walk away from football with a Super Bowl in hand and pursue a safer, higher paying, longer term sport. Better pay him Seahawks. Or there is an argument that they should pay him more for the decision to forego what could be a lucrative career or second career in baseball. See how that works? It is smart leverage for RW.

    • paperlions - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:05 PM

      He can show nothing of the sort. He was never a legitimate prospect and with 2 developmental years gone so was any infinitesimally small chance of him being a pro baseball player. This is 100% PR by the Rangers and and Wilson….and given the chance, who wouldn’t want to spend a bit of spring training with a pro team, not like he would ever have received a ST invite to the big league facility on baseball merits.

      • gothapotamus90210 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        I think it’s more of a tactic where in order for him to stop trying to play baseball, Seattle needs to give him a new contract, which would contain verbiage prohibiting him from playing baseball professionally (or attempting to). Instead of focusing his winter and possibly spring on playing baseball, he’d have his full time devoted to football during that time.

    • uwsptke - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Technically he’s got two years left on his four year rookie deal, but the new CBA prevents any holdouts/renegotiations until the first three years have been completed. So he cannot receive a raise until after the conclusion of the 2014 NFL season, so any leverage move would appear to be premature.

  6. DelawarePhilliesFan - Feb 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Further evidence that Football is dying

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM

      he has to play out next year before he can get a new contract.

  7. dinofrank60 - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Do it!!

  8. pastabelly - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Whenever I hear about guys like this, I think back about how great Bo Jackson was at both sports. I doubt we’ll see another like him in this era.

    • 18thstreet - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      There wasn’t another one in any era, so I’d say that it’s unlikely that we’ll see another.

      I mean, Jim Brown was an amazing lacrosse player. But that’s lacrosse.

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        deion sanders?

      • tomtravis76 - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Jim Thorpe wasn’t too shabby; Olympian, pro football player, pro baseball player and pro basketball player. Sure, athletics was very different back then ,but you can’t hold that against a guys resume just because that’s when he lived.

      • mordecofe - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:14 PM

        Brian Jordan wasn’t too shabby at football or baseball…

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Some argue that Jim Brown was the best college lacrosse player ever.

      • paperlions - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        Yeah, the level of specialization and the year-around dedication required to play just one sport has increased greatly the last 15 years. It is harder to get by in any sport on just raw athleticism now than it used to be.

      • asimonetti88 - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:32 PM

        How soon you forget Drew Henson.

        (not that that’s hard to do)

      • natstowngreg - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Who knows, Jackie Robinson might have led the NFL in rushing. Jim Brown might have been a great baseball player, if he had pursued it. Or, pursuing a different sport might have not worked out. See Jordan, Michael (though he switched to baseball mid-career).

        Sandy Koufax, Tony Gwynn and Kenny Lofton played college basketball. Ricky Williams and John Elway played minor league baseball. Tom Glavine was an NHL draft pick. Then, there are those college basketball players converted to tight ends, led by Tony Gonzalez.

        Point is, some guys are talented enough they have options to pursue different sports. Except for Jordan, the choices made by the athletes mentioned above worked for them. We tend not to hear about the ones whose choices didn’t work. Except Jordan, but he was already a world-wide celebrity when he switched.

      • chinahand11 - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:18 PM

        Jim Brown said he would like to play lacrosse 6 days a week and football on Sunday.

      • pastabelly - Feb 3, 2014 at 5:52 PM

        Deion Sanders was not a great baseball player. Bo Jackson was great in both sports.

      • ptfu - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Todd Helton was a quarterback at Tennessee, and he was ahead of Peyton Manning on the depth chart before he got hurt. If Helton hadn’t messed up his knee, who knows how he might have done on the gridiron?

  9. tcostant - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    Won’t he make more money in meal money in the MLB spring then his 2013 BFL salary?

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Prime Time people!

  10. uwsptke - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Why is (most) everyone assuming that Russell Wilson could seamlessly transition back to baseball, when the evidence presented before us would suggest that he wasn’t all that good at it?

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      He was ok. He was a fourth round draft pick, and I’m sure if he had focused solely on baseball he could have been an AAAA type player.

  11. mvp43 - Feb 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    I wish he could come back to Wisconsin a QB the Badgers 1 more year.

  12. omeimontis - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    He is a smart kid. He is keeping his options open.

  13. scottychicago - Feb 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    He’s one NFL season away from possibly making $20,000,000+ per season. Maybe he will lift weights while he’s there, but he’s not stupid.

  14. natstowngreg - Feb 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Russell Wilson goes to camp to wow the young players and draw attention to the team. He could get even more attention for the Rangers, and its young players (channeling the message the team wants to convey), now that he’s a Super Bowl winner.

    At the end of Spring Training, the Rangers return him to the Rockies, or make a small deal with the Rockies to keep him. Who knows, the Rockies or Rangers could trade him to the Mariners. However this plays out, the Rangers get a nice PR return on a small investment. What they don’t get is a player worth keeping on their 25-man roster all season.

  15. richwizl - Feb 3, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Just call me Mini-Bo.

  16. disgracedfury - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    Well since he didn’t do anything in that superbowl besides passing the ball and making sure his curls were perfect I think he should play second.I mean that Seahawks team defense is so good you could put anybody as QB.

  17. thebirdsareback - Feb 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    this little guy is wasting his time. He hit .222 in two seasons in the minors. Leave that one out huh? He should just stick to football, where he is “servicable”. Not an elite talent by anymeans on the football field. He has a great team around him. Very similar to Joe Flacco in that sense. Not so much there skill sets though

  18. bondsncruz - Feb 4, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Russell Wilson is the Jim Mcmahon of this generation.

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