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.