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Jeff Samardzija eventually could be thinking again about football

While doing some rare (for me) baseball research in preparation for guest-hosting The Dan Patrick Show on Monday, I remembered a player whom I was happy to see pick horsehide over pigskin, primarily since I could never remember how to spell his name properly.

Former Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija, projected to be a potential first-round draft pick in 2007, opted for baseball.  Arguably promoted through the Cubs organization more quickly than his pitching talents justified, Samardzija has landed back in the minors.

Samardzija signed a five-year, $10 million contract in January 2007, the terms of which require him to return a $2.5 million signing bonus if at any time he leaves baseball for another sport.  But the contract runs through 2011, with a team-held option for two more seasons.

Though Samardzija said at the time he won’t be returning to football, the possibility that the Cubs may choose not to extend the deal means that, after next season, he’ll be free and clear.

So once 2012 rolls around, Samardzija will need to ask himself whether he can make more money continuing to try to get back to the major leagues or taking a crack at football.  Though he’ll be 27 at that point, he will have gone five years without the wear and tear on his body.  (Then again, two years without wear and tear didn’t help Mike Vick very much.)

We’re guessing that Samardzija won’t play football again.  But until he signs a new contract to keep playing baseball beyond 2011, there’s a chance that maybe he’ll return to football, especially if he has no other viable options.

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17 Responses to “Jeff Samardzija eventually could be thinking again about football”
  1. charliewade says: Jul 19, 2010 11:11 PM

    Hey, Florio…. Nice job on DPS today. I enjoyed all three hours, even if you mangled Louis Oosthuizen’s name a couple of times….

  2. 3 yards and a cloud says: Jul 19, 2010 11:20 PM

    The way you speculate is enough to make another lawyer weep.
    I can’t see him switching back to baseball, living in Chicago, I know the Cubs are high on him, despite his lack of ability to this point.
    Also, he runs the risk that Drew Hensen ran, taking years off of football just doesn’t bode well for making it in pro football.

  3. PittsburghSteelerz says: Jul 19, 2010 11:21 PM

    ND homers.

  4. AggieDawg says: Jul 19, 2010 11:26 PM

    “Then again, two years without wear and tear didn’t help Mike Vick very much.”
    Samardzija was taking that 2 years pitching in the majors. Vick took that two years pitching in the Kansas Federal Penetentary League. Big difference

  5. mwcarolina says: Jul 19, 2010 11:36 PM

    “Also, he runs the risk that Drew Hensen ran, taking years off of football just doesn’t bode well for making it in pro football.”
    MAJOR difference between Drew Henson and Jeff Samardzija. One of them (Henson) played the toughest position in the NFL, quarterback. Samardzija plays an easier position at reciever. Because of his size, he could come in and be a good 3rd reciever for a football team, i wouldnt mind if my favorite team took a gamble on him.

  6. Dont Taze Me Bro says: Jul 20, 2010 12:34 AM

    He may be able to do it because of the type of WR he is, a big possession guy. Plus the way the NFL has made pass defense nearly illegal, anybody can get open.
    The only drill he’d have to work on is the pretend to throw a flag drill. If a DB makes a good play, just make the throw the flag motion, and the Ref is obliged to throw one.
    Salami’s Open under the Goalpost!!!

  7. Steeler79 says: Jul 20, 2010 12:50 AM

    What in God’s name made you decide to bring this guy up??
    This guy will never play in the NFL. What a waste of keystrokes

  8. Gam(e)_is_on says: Jul 20, 2010 5:24 AM

    Two years of no “wear and tear” for Vick….
    unless Vick didn’t shower during his two years of incarceration, I would strongly disagree with that statement.

  9. Buck Stallion says: Jul 20, 2010 6:17 AM

    I’m thinking about returning to football too.

  10. Buckyball says: Jul 20, 2010 6:58 AM

    Samardzija can play football (if he wants) until his late 30s. He does something which will enable him to stick as at least a 4th WR with some team… he is a good XP/FG holder.
    If he can move up the WR depth chart based on his WR skills so much the better, but he’ll always have a job in football simply because he can both play a position and play an important role in the kicking game.

  11. wryly1 says: Jul 20, 2010 7:04 AM

    Always thought Samardzija could have been an effective NFL possesion receiver type in the Joe Jurevicius mold.

  12. Bob says: Jul 20, 2010 7:55 AM

    Of course he could be thinking about football now that it’s been proven he can’t play baseball. If there was no baseball and no football, he’d have to get an actual job.

  13. favrecansuckit says: Jul 20, 2010 8:22 AM

    He definitely sucks at baseball. Luckily for him he plays for a team that is horrible at recognizing talent, thus the $10mil they signed that scrub for. Maybe he’ll find that same luck in the NFL…

  14. CurseofBoJackson says: Jul 20, 2010 10:18 AM

    I always thought he made a mistake choosing baseball. I know he was a talent on the mound as well as running and catching the oblong ball, and that careers in the baseball world are typically a lot longer. However, I always guaged his chances as a pro football player as light years better then his chances to make it as a pitcher in the majors. Share the same sentiments regarding his ability as wryly1.

  15. myeaglescantwin says: Jul 20, 2010 10:46 AM

    this guy will get signed,,
    any one who can make Brady Quinn look like a stud can play some serious ball.
    Quinn would see Samardzija covered and just wing it his direction anyway. .
    + that white boy can run

  16. Mean and Nasty says: Jul 20, 2010 11:37 AM

    Theres no room for a lesbian in the NFL. Stick with baseball, “Jeff”

  17. CarlHess1 says: Jul 20, 2010 11:52 AM

    “Then again, two years without wear and tear didn’t help Mike Vick very much.”
    Zing! Excellent. Mike Vick comment in an Jeff Samardzija update. I have to say, not even I saw this one coming.
    “Two years of no “wear and tear” for Vick….
    unless Vick didn’t shower during his two years of incarceration, I would strongly disagree with that statement.”
    Yes! Excellent joke. You thought to yourself “hmmm, now how can take what Florio stated and make a reference to another grown man i dont know getting raped in prison” Amazing. Well done. Because he was with the general population and probably got it right in the pooper. hahahahaahahahahaha yes! Good show pal.
    Jamal Lewis looked pretty bad as well in his first season back in the league from jail. The same went for Vick. Maybe he’ll look better in his 2nd year like Jamal. We will never know unless Kolb gets hurt. Lets pray.

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