Schneider sidesteps whether Seahawks would keep Wilson from playing baseball


Apart from the question of whether the Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson can work out a new contract is the question of whether Wilson will try to play baseball and football.  Embedded within that question is the question of whether the Seahawks would let him.

That’s not something I’d get into right now,” G.M. John Schneider told KIRO radio on Wednesday regarding whether the Seahawks would contractually stop Wilson from playing baseball.

The Standard Player Contract provides that an NFL player cannot “engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”  It’s unclear whether baseball falls within the category of activities that involves a significant risk of personal injury.  There’s risk of injury from a baseball (especially when thrown at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour), the bat, and the spikes, but how “significant” is it?

Regardless, a lot of damage would have to be done to the relationship before the Seahawks would actually be developing arguments to present in court regarding the nature of the risks of playing baseball.  And the possibility of Wilson playing baseball would have to be something more tangible than the musings of a young man who thinks he can do anything.  Which is all it may be at this point.

“I think one of the primary things that really attracted Russell to us — I know me in particular — was the confidence he has in himself and the goals, dreams, aspirations,” Schneider said.  “He’s off the charts in terms of his confidence level and the way he views himself, so it doesn’t surprise me that he would think that way.  Quite frankly, I haven’t thought much about the baseball aspect of it.  Based on the position that he plays in football, I think it would be difficult.  But the way he attacks everything, I don’t think you could put anything past him.”

So anything can happen when it comes to Wilson playing baseball.  And anything can happen when it comes to the future of Wilson playing quarterback for the Seahawks.  While it remains unlikely that he won’t be playing quarterback for the Seahawks, every day that passes without the two sides doing a new deal puts them a day closer to a potential divorce.

17 responses to “Schneider sidesteps whether Seahawks would keep Wilson from playing baseball

  1. “every day that passes without the two sides doing a new deal puts them a day closer to a potential divorce” well, in the context that every player eventually divorces a team, you could technically argue this point, but Seattle has multiple years of control of Wilson counting franchise tag(s). The importance of a deal not getting done yet in April is negligible.

  2. Someone should stop him from trying to play baseball as well.

    I get why he would want to. And I even think that some teams might give him a shot. But, why be mediocre at two sports instead of being great at one?

  3. If I’m a GM I make sure there’s contract language preventing my players from engaging in any other pro sports and most recreational sports, too. These guys are professionals and are paid huge amounts of money. You have to protect that investment even when they aren’t smart enough to protect it themselves.

  4. I find it hard to believe people are gullible enough to believe he will play baseball. What has it been 5+ years since he played any organized ball? Yes Im sure he would love to get his grand a week while spend a half a day riding buses to his games while spending probably all his time toiling in the minors.

  5. He’s not good enough to play pro ball. Unless he wants to ride the bus to and from minor league cities for minimum wage, he’s not playing baseball. It’s that simple.

  6. He’s a good guy but if he doesn’t have the passion to be an NFL QB anymore, let him chase balls in the gap in the minors. Don’t we always say you need to be “all in” to be a QB in the NFL in modern times?

  7. Does the media forget he was a .200 hitter in low A ball and unless he’s dedicating all of his time and efforts to baseball he wouldn’t have a hope in making the majors? Go play slow pitch but he isn’t gonna be a pro baseball player again.

  8. As I said earlier, Schneider is not stupid. He’s smart enough to know how difficult it is to grab a franchise QB. He surely remembers all the failed attempts by the Hawks, including the likes of Jackson, Flynn and Clipboard Jesus will sober anyone up.

    ” But the way he attacks everything, I don’t think you could put anything past him.” If Schneider knows it, that’s a fact everyone should get used to. Those who say he’s only a game manager and anyone could take that team to the Super Bowl, need only look at where they were BR (Before Russell) and AR (After Russell).

    NFL QB is the top job in sports. Wilson knows that and he likes it. So does the Hawks management. Set baseball aside. It’s not an issue. No need to get contentious. This deal will get done and Wilson will ink a record deal. Anything else is unimaginable.

  9. This is really stupid. He CANNOT play baseball. He tried and he failed. This idea that baseball can be used as a negotiating ploy is just dumb.

  10. deflatedfootballs says:

    He realized that the dude threw for 20 tds this past season and want to be the highest paid.
    Actually 26 plus 7 more rushing, for a total of 33 TDs for the season. Or you could look at it as the Seahawks had 50 TD’s this past season, and Wilson had 33 of them.

    But he’s not elite

  11. Wilson is willing to wait until he’s 30 to get a big baseball contract?
    Is he being too cute by half or what?
    If he truly wants to be a leader he needs to get this done by training camp

  12. As long as it may just be musings, then it also may be that Russell Wilson could be a baseball HOFer one day. We just don’t know for sure since it’s certainly a crap-shoot to some extent.

  13. Schneider doesn’t negotiate in the press. You’ll just have to keep guessing (and guessing wrong by the look of it).

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