Browns linebacker still trying to make it in baseball as well

AP

Brandon Magee could be reporting to Browns headquarters today for the first day of voluntary offseason workouts.

Instead, the linebacker is hanging out in Fort Myers, Fla., in extended spring training with the Boston Red Sox, trying to keep his dreams of being a two-sport athlete alive.

While he wasn’t sure he’d get the blessing of the Browns, the second-year linebacker from Arizona State said he was encouraged after talking to new Browns coach Mike Pettine.

He thought it was awesome,” Magee said, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal. “It kind of surprised me coming from an NFL coach, but he was fully supportive of what I was doing. It felt great because growing up, you have a lot of people that say don’t do this, don’t do that. To have a new coach who hardly even knows me say, ‘Congratulations on playing in the NFL and playing pro baseball, that’s a huge accomplishment,’ that was huge for me.”

Magee said he’d be back in Cleveland for minicamp on April 29, but he’s hoping to be assigned to a Single-A team before that. He was a 23rd-round pick of the Red Sox in 2012.

The Browns signed Magee last year after he went to camp with the Cowboys and he played eight games, before a season-ending torn pectoral muscle. He’s not throwing yet, but he has been hitting in batting cages and doing other other baseball work. The Browns sent him some agility drills to keep him sharp for their sport, as well.

Given the scarce amount of football he’d be doing in Cleveland anyway, it’s good for him to have the chance.

14 responses to “Browns linebacker still trying to make it in baseball as well

  1. the browns problems…overpaying for centers and trouble getting there players to focus on football(and the playoffs)

  2. That’s great that he received encouragement from his head coach. Some people would have tried to dissuade him from pursuing his baseball dream, but he should go for it if he thinks he can do it!

  3. Not too many can be a 2 sport athlete. It takes a lot of preparation and stamina. The most successful person to accomplish that feat is Deoin Sanders. I think Magee should consult him for insight. Good Luck.

  4. I look at it this way…..at least the Browns coach knows that he will be staying in shape during the NFL offseason. He COULD be doing a whole lot of nothing instead of playing baseball. If he has the determination and dedication to stay with two sports….thats the kind of athlete I want on my team!

  5. I’m a firm believer that the more muscle groups you work on the less likely you’ll get injured. Take it from an older fan doing a young mans work on his own yard.

  6. Coach Pettine is a class guy. The players will respond in a positive way, to a man who treats them like “men” and as individuals.

    The Cleveland Browns have a real leader in charge.

  7. “kbuck89 says: Apr 7, 2014 10:07 AM
    Ummm… By Deion Sanders you mean Bo Jackson right?”
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    Bo Knows

  8. nygmann says: Apr 7, 2014 9:29 AM

    Not too many can be a 2 sport athlete. It takes a lot of preparation and stamina. The most successful person to accomplish that feat is Deoin Sanders. I think Magee should consult him for insight. Good Luck.
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    Deion Sanders was not a very good baseball player. He was mediocre at absolute best. His career OBP was .319 and he hit .263 for his career.

    Brian Jordan was a successful two sport player. He was a very good safety for the Atlanta Falcons before deciding to focus solely on baseball, where he had successful runs with the Cardinals and Braves.

  9. So what happens if he does get assigned to a minor league team when mini-camp and training camp roll around ?

    I appreciate that the guy wants to find success and income where he can, but there’s too much overlap. Unless the baseball team will give him time off for the NFL required activities its not going to work.

  10. Pettine knows they can release him without pay for a non-football related injury. And really, who is this guy anyway. The Browns have plenty of depth at every position, so they should be encouraging their players to play as many sports as possible. Nice to see all the Cleveland fans putting the Red Sox ahead of the Browns.

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