Russell Wilson says Rangers want him to play baseball

AP

When some of the quotes first emerged from Russell Wilson’s interview with HBO’s Bryant Gumbel regarding Wilson playing baseball, it sounded like the musings of an elite, 25-year-old athlete who thinks he can do anything — but who surely would never undermine his football career by playing professional baseball.  Based on the full interview, it sounds like a stronger possibility.

After Wilson suggests that he may “push the envelope a little bit” and play football and baseball, Gumbel pounces.

“Let’s be blunt,” Gumbel says in an interview that debuts Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. ET.  “You played minor league ball for a while.  Correct me if I’m wrong.  Numbers were .227 average, five homers, 26 RBI.  If the numbers were better, would you [play baseball and football]?”

“I wouldn’t be worried about the statistics of it,” Wilson replies.  “I know I can play in the big leagues.  With the work ethic and all that, I think I definitely could for sure.  And that’s why the Texas Rangers got my rights.  And they want me to play.  Jon Daniels, the G.M., wants me to play.  We were talking about it the other day.”

The Seahawks G.M., John Schneider, was talking about it the other day, too.  And Schneider isn’t ready to assume Wilson would fail.

“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 told KIRO radio.  “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.”

Schneider also declined to say whether the Seahawks would try to stop Wilson from playing baseball.  It was smart to sidestep the question, because a football-only ultimatum from N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien sparked Wilson to transfer to Wisconsin.

“I’ll never forget it,” Wilson says.  “I’ll never forget the times that people have told me that I couldn’t do something.”

That’s ultimately good news for Schneider and the Seahawks, because Wilson believes the interception at the end of Super Bowl XLIX won’t define him.

“Even if you don’t get back [to the Super Bowl]?” Gumbel says.

“I’ll get back.”

“You’re sure of that.”

“I’ll get back.”

Whether and how often he gets back could depend on how much of the team’s salary cap is devoted to him.  That wasn’t a topic that came up in the interview with Gumbel.  Soon, it’ll be an issue far more important than his lingering baseball dream and Super Bowl nightmare.

133 responses to “Russell Wilson says Rangers want him to play baseball

  1. Pick a sport.

    Hopefully he is a better baseball player than QB. We all know why the Seahawks wont commit long term. It has just as much to do with his over all play as it does the baseball option.

    They’ll just use baseball as an excuse.

  2. That’s why they drafted you. Teams don’t usually draft players they don’t want to play for them.

  3. Russell playing the leverage game. He gets the biggest contract in the history of sports: $1B.
    seven year, $50MM signing bonus, $10MM per year guaranteed for injury and skill for the first six years. $890MM non-guaranteed team option for the seventh year. If they want to slow down his baseball playing, $5MM of the annual pay is showing up to all off-season activities.

  4. If Wilson CAN play pro baseball, he absolutely should. The Seachickens have treated him badly, and in MLB even second rate, fat, out of shape players can get signed to a $100 million contract. He could easily have a 15-20 year career, plus he wouldn’t have to constantly be blasted by blitzing safeties, linebackers, and 300 pound monster lineman. Baseball is like relaxing in a Laz-E-Boy in comparison.

  5. If he can be as good at baseball as he is at football, he could win a World Series if the rest of the team completely carried him there.

  6. I love Russell, but if I have to hear his name and “dreams”, in the same sentence again, I will throw up in my mouth. You suck at baseball! Please take your 130 million, and remove the Seahawks from Super Bowl contention!

    Signed,

    31 other teams.

  7. I think perhaps Russell’s surety with regard to his personal ability is a bit excessive. Without a super-hungry, opportunistic defense and Marshawn in the backfield, he’d never have made it to place where he could be so confident. He had the good fortune of being dropped into an ideal scenario. Most guys aren’t so fortunate.

  8. Too bad for him that MLB managers and GMs worry about the statistics. Statistics are about the only thing they worry about.

    .227 won’t get you promoted to The Big Show, as it is called.

  9. And the Seahawks say they can get another QB …. It’s all just leverage ploy for contract ..lol

  10. runeaglesrun says:
    Apr 18, 2015 11:13 AM
    I’ll get back. On the back of my defense.

    ========================================

    the same defense that gave the game away to tom brady, and likely shouldnt have even been there but since green bay choked big time they did? their d was average at best in the playoffs. tom brady chewed the legion of boom up and spit them out, and hes a flat footed immobile qb. your d is good against any mediocre qb, but they get rung up by the better qbs around the nfl. fortunately, they play in the qb talent barren nfc west. it was russell wilson that even gave this team a chance to win. you dont really watch much football do you?

  11. Let me save us all from the idiot troll posts about how Wilson is not elite and that his contract is going to destroy their salary cap:

    #2 all time passer rating, regular season
    #5 all time passer rating, post season
    More wins in 1st 3 years than any QB in NFL history.
    Most wins in last 3 seasons.
    Most playoff wins in last 3 seasons
    2 Super Bowl appearances.
    1 Super Bowl victory.
    116.85 passer rating in 2 Super Bowls.
    18 4th quarter comeback wins
    One of only 3 players to throw for 50 TD passes in first 2 seasons. The other 2 were Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.
    84 TD passes in first 3 years, more than Tom Brady.
    How many of those 84 TD’s did Marshawn Lynch or the defense throw?
    97 career TD’s running and passing.
    Has never missed a play. Not. one. play.

    Seahawks have $44 million cap space for 2016, $63 million for 2017. And that’s with Sherman, Thomas, Bennett, Wright, Avril, Irvin, Chancellor, Beast, Baldwin and Jimmy Graham already signed.

    Enjoy watching the Seahawks win multiple Super Bowls over the next 4 years.

  12. also, if the seahawks think theyre gonna play games with this guy, he will walk, and they will regret it. believe that!! he will p[lay next year, get tagged two times in a row and make 50 million, then he will leave. the hawks will get him for the next three years, and itll cost them 50 mil plus, and he will be gone, when they could just give him a 6 year 120 mil deal and move on. the salary cap is blowing up, and his number wont eat as much cap as schneider is claiming in two years.

  13. cross300 says:
    Apr 18, 2015 11:15 AM
    His ego seems to be running away from him. Confidence is great but there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance.

    ====================================

    says the non athlete typing from his computer.

  14. jayniner says:
    Apr 18, 2015 11:18 AM

    This is like Breaking Bad or Justified…..you can’t wait until the next episode.
    ____________________________
    Unfortunately, there’s no more future episodes of those shows. I’m going to miss Justified.

    The Seahawks probably don’t want to pay a game managing QB carried by a well built team 100 million dollars.

  15. Love all the fear induced comments about Wilson not being any good.

    You’re obviously worried, and should be.

    Wilson is the GOAT of NFL QBs through 3 years. If he continues to develop who knows how good he’ll be.

    Your only hope is that the Hawks don’t pay him or he’s distracted by baseball.

    Meanwhile we’ll be playing in our third straight SB and you’ll all continue whining.

    The separation is in the preparation.

    LOL

  16. “I’ll get back”

    For all of the great players who have never even been there once, to assume you can just “get back” to the Super Bowl is borderline youthful optimism at it’s best

    Early team/career success has given him the confidence that he will, (and I like that about him) but it is only a suggestion. Right now it feels like a solid prediction in Seattle, and with good reason. If a few years go by though, and things change team-wise? –he may not realize just how many moving parts can conspire to disrupt his certainty that he’ll ever be back again.

    It just ain’t that easy once the talent leaves or starts to unravel. As veterans of long careers know all too well, it’s HARD to get to, and then STAY, on top.

  17. Confidence is a great thing, in private, to yourself. When you constantly speak highly of yourself, even if you back it up, cheapens it. I don’t ever remember reading any articles where Peyton Manning and Tom Brady just talk themselves up as much as this guy.

  18. Should be pretty clear that he is saying “you franchise tag me then i will just go play baseball”

    I would do the same thing if i were him. Worst thing that could happen is he fails in baseball and is free to sign with any team in the NFL next season.

  19. the same defense that gave the game away to tom brady, and likely shouldnt have even been there but since green bay choked big time they did? their d was average at best in the playoffs. tom brady chewed the legion of boom up and spit them out, and hes a flat footed immobile qb. your d is good against any mediocre qb, but they get rung up by the better qbs around the nfl. fortunately, they play in the qb talent barren nfc west. it was russell wilson that even gave this team a chance to win. you dont really watch much football do you?
    ———————————————————-
    Before Avril and Lane got injured, the Patriots had 14 points in 3 quarters and Brady had been picked twice. Picking at the edges against the Seahawks #6 and #7 DBs isn’t exactly “chewing up” the Legion of Boom. He completed nothing of any significance against Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor or Maxwell. The only 2 times he went after them he got picked.

    And oh yeah, and MVP Aaron Rogers threw for a whole 187 yards against the Seahawks.

    Sorry to blow your fantasy but the only reason the Pats got more than the 14 points they had after 3 quarters was injuries. Next year, the Seahawks get 19 guys back from IR, most of them on defense.

    Enjoy watching us in our 3rd straight Super Bowl.

  20. Come on now folks, he’s in the process of negotiating the biggest NFL contract in history, all this baseball talk is just leverage, you’ll see …

  21. Bizzareslantpass says:
    Hey Seahawkboymike! How many throwback jerseys do you have? #2012thMan
    ———————————————————-
    Obviously, the facts I present struck a nerve.

    I was in the Kingdome and saw the first pass that Jim Zorn ever completed to Steve Largent in the first preseason game in Seahawks history with my own eyes.

    #197612thMan

  22. It is amazing how you do not hear all of this bantering back and forth with the Colts and Andrew Luck. The Colts just took a stance but somehow Wilson keeps talking when he is not an elite QB. He is the captain of sandlock football. He runs around until a receiver gets open or he just runs. He is what RG3 should be doing but he is stubbornly attempting to be something he is not.

  23. @Seahawkboymike

    You still didn’t answer the question. How many throwback jerseys do you have?

  24. “I’ll never forget the times that people have told me that I couldn’t do something.”

    Don’t throw that pass over the middle, mon.

  25. robbieboston says:
    Apr 18, 2015 11:45 AM

    Confidence is a great thing, in private, to yourself. When you constantly speak highly of yourself, even if you back it up, cheapens it. I don’t ever remember reading any articles where Peyton Manning and Tom Brady just talk themselves up as much as this guy.

    You mean the same Tom Brady, after getting picked in the 6th round and having accomplished nothing, said picking him was the smartest move the Pats ever made?

    Maybe your memory is faulty.

    Any way, through their first three seasons in the NFL, WILSON >>> Brady or Manning.

  26. He is just using this as leverage so that he can kill his team’s future with the big contract he will sign.
    The Seahawks had a magnificent series of events that led them to two straight super bowls. One of those events was the ability for them to build a team that was not strapped with a big qb contract.
    Nothing lasts forever…

  27. Face it. Russel achieved his goal in the NFL by winning a Superbowl. Now he is looking at two potential long term employers. One were he reached his goal, proven the doubters wrong, and will more than likely never reach the top again. One were the risk of injury is already high with a team that can not fix their O-line for some reason and just traded away their starting center. Or he can go with the other employer that can realistically offer him more money for a longer term with less risk to injury. Add in the fact that he still has a goal to achieve there. Keep telling him he is not good enough to play baseball Seahawks fans, that will work.

  28. “I’ll never forget the times people have told me I couldn’t do something”. Russell, you say all the right things and appear to have the right attitude.. but here’s the problem: Despite being on an elite team, you are not in the discussion of the elite QBs. If you were really focused on proving people wrong, than work on your game. Get yourself on the same level as Rodgers, Brady, Luck, Manning.. Even if you commit fully I don’t think you have a chance of getting on the same tier as those QBs, but I know you don’t have a chance when your focus isn’t where it needs to be.

  29. runeaglesrun says:
    Apr 18, 2015 11:13 AM
    I’ll get back. On the back of my defense.
    *****************************
    Same defense that killed Wilson’s comeback against the Falcons & prevented a trip to the Super Bowl in year one of his record-breaking career.

    Boy, hate is a powerful drug. So much so that facts are ignored. Can someone answer where that stellar defense and run game was prior to Wilson?

    Her of the google machine? Try it.

  30. The Rangers want to drum up interest for their minor league affiliates. He’s a weak hitting second baseman, now 25, and a few years removed from playing competitively. He wouldn’t make the show if he returns to playing baseball.

  31. @cross300…”there’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance” Well said my man…and he’s now over the line.

  32. This is nothing more than a negotiating ploy.

    There is no way a two time Super Bowl QB is going to sublimate his ego and spend the next 2-3-4 years of his life riding buses and playing in front of a couple of thousand people in Albuquerque.

    I’m not saying he couldn’t make, I just severely doubt his willingness to virtually disappear from the spotlight and pay his dues.

    After all of the work he has done to get where he is, why would he?

  33. Sorry to blow your fantasy but the only reason the Pats got more than the 14 points they had after 3 quarters was injuries.

    Pats were without Mayo, their best middle linebacker.

    Maybe if he plays, beastmode gets a lot less yards and drives stall and points aren’t scored.

    Cuts both ways.

  34. His head started getting fat about 2 years ago but it barely fits through the door now.

    He’s as selfish as it gets.

  35. The 227/K guys are gone after 3 years of low minor league ball due to not being able to advance and incoming players.

    Not enough power to justify promotion because of the K’s.

    Quite obvious he is being kept because of celebrity and staying because of leverage.

    Minor League baseball is FILLED with players they know will NEVER make it because the few prospects who will make it need people to play with.

  36. I do find it interesting when the media attacks certain players for their non football activities during the offseason. I think an average season is in store for Mr. Wilson. I guess it could be good if he just hands the ball to Lynch all game and runs around in circles after the snap and gets his wrs to get those prayer passes that he throws so often.

  37. Actually it’s an Ashville Tourists uniform but he’s still listed as a reserve 2nd baseman on the AAA Round Rock Express roster.

  38. He can’t hit a baseball. These guys play baseball first, then fail, then play football.. I.e. Drew Henson, Chris Weinke. Bo and Deion are exceptions. Baseball is a lot harder to play than you think

  39. This is all real cute. People continue to hate the seahawks. They feed off of this stuff. Keep hating. We’re gonna keep winning. Fan since ’85(the year I was born, in seattle btw). Third sb in a row here we come.

  40. Bizzareslantpass says:
    Apr 18, 2015 11:41 AM
    Hey Seahawkboymike! How many throwback jerseys do you have? #2012thMan

    LOL give me a break…. we’re not all bandwagon jumpers. For the record I’ve got a signed Steve Largent, Cortez Kennedy, Shaun Alexander, Matt Hasselbeck, signed Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, Marshawn Lynch, and Russell Wilson ..(not to mention a few regretable ones like a signed TJ Houshmandzadeh and an Aaron Curry *shudders*)

    #Lifelong12thMan

  41. The Round Rock Express, the AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, have him on their current roster.
    Do a search for Round Rock Express, scroll down to infielders and there he is.

  42. I didn’t realize that Wilson was such a buffoon. The Seahawk management have to be laughing their asses off over this. Who in their right mind thinks that the Rangers would sign a soon to be 27 year old (he is 26 now, Florio) to develop – maybe – in the farm system for a couple years and maybe get good enough for the show? Wilson is already past the point where most are released.

    If I were trying to gain leverage to get my football team to pay me more, I would choose something believable to use.

  43. This is like Breaking Bad or Justified…..you can’t wait until the next episode.
    ____________________________
    Unfortunately, there’s no more future episodes of those shows. I’m going to miss Justified.

    The Seahawks probably don’t want to pay a game managing QB carried by a well built team 100 million dollars.

    Me too, Justified was criminally underrated and Rayland Givens is the coolest TV character in years.

  44. Russell Wilson has played in 48 regular season games. In less than a quarter of those games he’s completed 20 or more passes. I don’t wanna hear about how great a passer Wilson is when he averages 15-17 completions a game.

    As for Wilson’s fledgling baseball career his .227 batting average would keep him firmly entrenched in triple A; a league in which the average player makes about 30 grand a season. Wilson made more than 1o times that in his rookie NFL season.

    Wilson will probably end up with the same kind of contract Kap got; a deal heavy in incentives.

  45. Seahawks have $44 million cap space for 2016, $63 million for 2017. And that’s with Sherman, Thomas, Bennett, Wright, Avril, Irvin, Chancellor, Beast, Baldwin and Jimmy Graham already signed.

    Enjoy watching the Seahawks win multiple Super Bowls over the next 4 years.

    thats not very much considering RW is going to want 23-25 mil per yr and the fact they only have 43 guys signed in 2016 and will need to man a 53 plus practice squad and rookie class including any injury settlements and players needed throughout the yr and in 2017 they only have 18 guys signed w you say 63 mil but their cap is like 91 mil w 18 guys do the math not as pretty as u might think ! actually will be awfully tight !

  46. So NC State tells him he can’t play baseball and he transfers to Wisconsin, who does not even have baseball.

  47. All you hate mongering Trolls make me laugh. Nothing better to do than lash out your hate?

    Russell has only taken us to two straight Super Bowls and I am sorry to say, he will be our QB for years to come!

    Go Hawks!

  48. ajd4 says:
    Apr 18, 2015 1:32 PM

    So NC State tells him he can’t play baseball and he transfers to Wisconsin, who does not even have baseball.

    thats irrelevant
    since you dont seem to be able to process the thinking here ill help you out …..

    RW is going to go to NC STATE he wants to play BOTH sports … NC STATE says NO he processes that and says well why would i want to go there the only leverage they had was i could play both sports there so if i cant i dont want to go there to play football if thats the case id rather go to Wisconsin (from all the choices i have)and play …. so off he went to play for Wisconsin

  49. Not sure how tight Jerruh is with the Rangers, but he knows the Seahawks & Packers are the Cowboys’ greatest obstacles in the NFC. Wouldn’t be surprised to learn he is funding this distraction.

  50. Russell is already on the decline. His defense is weakening, his rb is getting old, and the way he conducts himself has lost its charm. He’s trent dilfer with athleticism. Plain and simple. 85% of his big pass plays are play action which should be credited to Lynch. Even with the huge yardage boost that have him he finished 27th in passing in the season and threw 5 picks in 2 playoff games. His defense bailed him out twice but failed him in the big game. When they needed him more than ever he chocked.

  51. I played professional baseball for several years in the early 80’s, managed to get to AA. I can tell you this, he looks like a natural second baseman although hitting 230 at A ball for two years isn’t exactly great as the pitching at A is not even close to AA where just about everyone can throw crippling breaking balls.

    So, unless he’s Ozzie Smith caliber when flashing the leather, he’s a long shot at best. Especially when factoring in the amount of time spent away from baseball.

  52. I hope he stays with football. At lest long enough for all the fans to see what he is without the number one defense and a great running back. Lets see if he can carry his team to victory, then let him go play baseball. I would hate listening to Russell Wilson fans talk about “What could have been if he stayed in football”. It is bad enough listening to those same people talk about how great he is now, even though they have no clue what they are talking about.

  53. The Seahawks have gotten their money’s worth out of Wilson and its time for the GM of the Seahawks to put up or shut up. They pay their backup more than they are paying a QB who has been to the Super Bowl twice and won one and nearly the other. If they do not want to pay him top dollar, then Wilson should walk just like he did from NC State.

  54. yeah, great qb so long as he’s a threat to run… or has someone in the backfield that is a threat to run. Take that away and we’ll see how good he really is.

  55. alwaters9 says:
    Apr 18, 2015 1:23 PM
    I didn’t realize that Wilson was such a buffoon.
    **********************
    He writes with a straight face from his mom’s bunker, uhm basement.
    _______________
    coltsblue says:
    Apr 18, 2015 1:29 PM
    Russell Wilson has played in 48 regular season games. In less than a quarter of those games he’s completed 20 or more passes.
    **********************
    I’ll assume you know as a rookie Andrew Luck hit on 54% of his passes, with 23 tds,18 ints. By comparison,Wilson tied the rookie record for TDs with 26 and 10 ints at 64.1%.

    Wilson is the only QB in NFL history to have posted a passer rating of 100 or better in each of his first two seasons. Last year he was at 95.

    Please get back to me when your boy can match that. Also, check your stats on completions, then ask how inflated completions helped Peyton Manning in that epic beat down, when it counted? Oh, and ask your boy to win something, Heisman, ROY, an AFC Championship, Super Bowl – something, anything …

  56. The Rangers are so bad they’ll practically take anybody.

    But this is purely a PR stunt, just like this guy showing up at their spring training. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Rangers paid him to keep flapping his gums about this so they can distract from the bad personnel moves, weak manager hire, and so on they’ve done of late.

  57. Pretty sad that a kid with his talent has to ‘pretend’ that he wants to play baseball to get a contract out of Seattle.

  58. He isnt good enough to play in the Majors. His stats bear that out. Just because he dreams about playing MLB doesnt mean he has the ability to.

    Michael Jordan found out how difficult playing baseball is.

    Why the Rangers keep filling this guy’s ego is beyond me. He is a solid football player, but I know he isnt an MLBer

  59. I have been a fan of this guy since he was a Rockies prospect, but I am starting to get tired of him. You can blame the coach for the play call all you want but he made a horrible play. If Manning or Brady made that play there would be peoe calling them chokers. For some reason he gets a pass and it’s all coaches fault.

  60. That confidence in himself must have been working full-throttle for him to overcome choking away a SB.

  61. I’m not a Seahawks fan or a Wilson fan but I don’t get the criticism of him as a QB by some of the posters on here. I understand he had help from Lynch and a great defense but agree with the poster who said other QBs wouldn’t have been given a pass for the INT in the SB like he’s been given but to criticize him now over that one play I personally think is ridiculous.

  62. SeahawkBoyMike: Steve Largent was drafted by the Houston Oilers in 1976 and played the first four preseason games with them until he was traded to the Seahawks. Therefore you didn’t see him catch a pass from Jim Zorn in the Kingdome in their first preseason game. Nice try.

  63. “have fun watching the Seahawks in their third straight Super Bowl ”

    Yes, looking forward to that because I will enjoy watching them lose another one! 1-3 sounds about right for your organization.

  64. I love Russell Wilson!
    I love the Seahawks!
    I love football!

    HOWEVER, I’m absolutely sick to death of the speculation surrounding his contract. To the Seahawks: Just sign him already! To Russell Wilson: Just sign the contract already!

  65. Wilson is an awesome QB and awesome person.All this gossip and hear say is just that ! I am sure his agent is doing him more harm than good.The team is in Hawaii due to Wilson’s endorsement money,he loves his team mates. If his agent keeps playing games,the Seahawks can simply keep him on his current contract and then put the tag on him.

  66. “Enjoy watching the Seahawks win multiple Super Bowls over the next 4 years.”

    That’s the kind of arrogant, delusional talk is cheap spew that has a lot of people glad the Seahawks lost the last one.

  67. “I’m not a Seahawks fan or a Wilson fan but I don’t get the criticism of him as a QB by some of the posters on here.”

    It’s simple: haters gotta hate.

  68. “His ego seems to be running away from him. Confidence is great but there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance.”
    ——–
    That’s about the craziest remark I’ve ever read. It’s your ego that is passing judgment upon RW confidence, and heretofore, judging his confidence is “arrogance.”

    Any and all judgement says so much more about the one doing the judging than the one they’re choosing to judge. How’s about starting with your own egoic issues that cause you to pass judgement on individuals you don’t personally know, have never met, and likely will never meet. Or continue to post nonsense and let the entire world know you’re a fool. It’s a choice.

  69. It should be legal to punch a person in the face if they say “Haters gonna hate”.

    Do people who utter that ridiculous phrase not realize how ignorant they sound?

  70. Sure, the Rangers want him to play; but have they told him he is good enough to play every day in the Bigs? Would he be happy being the team mascot who sits on the bench or having to work in the minors until he finally earns his big payday at 30 years old?

    it’s one thing to have the luxury to cross train with a MLB club and to hit a home run in BP
    It’s also great to have the ego and confidence that will help you bust through brick walls.
    But I haven’t heard jack about his outstanding baseball power or defense

  71. Wilson is not an elite QB, I don’t care what his stats say. He’s been with the best defense in the league plus an excellent running attack. Without those two seattle assets the hawks would not be very good. He was positively pathetic against Green Bay. The baseball talk is a rather transparent negotiating ploy–oh, I might leave football if I don’t get a contract I like. Good luck with that.

  72. Wilson is not an elite QB, I don’t care what his stats say.

    Translation:

    “I’ve only seen him play once or twice in the SB and I don’t want to believe he’s really good.”

    That’s OK.

    I understand your fear.

  73. shlort says:
    Apr 18, 2015 6:36 PM

    It should be legal to punch a person in the face if they say “Haters gonna hate”.

    Obviously you’re a hater and are going to hate.

    Regardless of reality.

    Truth hurts.

  74. Here’s what is nice.

    I can say to anyone on here outside of Hawk fans, without even knowing who they root for, and I’ll be 100% correct.

    At this point in his career, Wilson is better than the best QB your team has ever had.

  75. Seattle bandwagon fans are like those who suddenly hit the lottery and are now “new money”. They brag about how much money they now have and don’t have the class or intelligence to handle the new found wealth. They keep bragging at the country club even though their betters have have a longer history and success.

  76. Does anyone outside of Seattle or their fan base really care if he tries to play baseball? From what I’ve read and heard, he isn’t “all that”.

    College, he hit .284 with 5 homers and 30 rbi’s in 3 years.
    Wow! lol

    2010 in sub class A and class A, he played 32 games with 2 homers and 11 rbi’s and hit .230

    2011 he played 61 games in class A and hit 3 homers with 15 rbi’s and batted .228

    Hopefully he isn’t trying to use his “baseball” career as leverage in negotiations with the Seahawks.

    They’d probably laugh at him and take some money off the table!

  77. TBizzareslantpass says:
    Apr 18, 2015 12:00 PM
    @Seahawkboymike

    You still didn’t answer the question. How many throwback jerseys do you have?
    —————————————
    Largent, Kennedy, Hasselbeck, Tatupu, Flynn

  78. It’s just his agent looking to make enough for a new Ferrari. His money is in Football. Batting .227 in the minor leagues is a joke. Seattle is looking to avoid a salary cap anchor for a QB who is good but has been helped A LOT by having Marshawn Lynch, the best RB in the NFL, and starting with great field position with safe leads with the best defense in the NFL.

    I don’t blame Seattle one bit. Wilson’s agent has him thinking he’s worth Tom Brady money and beyond and sorry but he isn’t. I’d love to see Wilson and his agent try to play hardball and Seattle saying “Good luck in baseball.” Wilson would come crawling back to play for comparative chump change in a year.

  79. Please Wilson, please go and sign and prove to us all that while minor league pitching owned you, you can now master major league pitching and improve on your minor league batting average and hit over .275 in the majors against the best pitchers in the world.

    Then after you are sent back down to the minors because you still can’t hit sliders, spitters, curveballs, and forkballs, you can go back to Seattle with your arrogant tail between your legs cuz they will still want after all the losing seasons they have had since you left.

  80. stipez says:
    Apr 18, 2015 12:32 PM
    Keep flyin that flag with your Superbowl record, 1-2
    *************
    Isn’t that GREAT!!! We’ve been to THREE Super Bowls!!!

  81. The longer this ‘Baseball’ thought lingers in Russell Wilson’s head, and the more he may want to use it as leverage, the more it goes against everything he has said about winning multiple NFL Championships.
    Schneider, call this man’s bluff. Show an MLB agent can’t upend the NFL.
    Schneider..re-sign Tavaris Jackson. He can make the throws.
    I love myself some Russell Wilson, but this Baseball Chess game is Ludicrous.
    If Bevell gets fired, how does Russel Wilson learn a new program while playing baseball?
    What if Wilson actually makes it to the Rangers starting squad and they make the playoffs and World Series and the Seahawks need to start a back up?
    It is not going to happen.
    If this baseball thing is real..then the Seahawks need to cut bait and move on…NOW.

  82. higheriqthanyou says:
    Apr 18, 2015 7:17 PM
    Here’s what is nice.

    I can say to anyone on here outside of Hawk fans, without even knowing who they root for, and I’ll be 100% correct.

    At this point in his career, Wilson is better than the best QB your team has ever had.
    **************
    Well said IQ!!

  83. Aloha to the WA NNA BEES.

    TAKE THE $$$ from BASEBALL, if you can
    Have a smile on your face playing a Fun Sport, instead of an operating mask. Save your. Mind, Body , and Soul .

  84. I’ve been to the last two SB’s rooting the Hawks.

    Since Santa Clara’s such a cesspool, I think I’ll skip this year and instead go to root on the Hawks in Texas 2017.

  85. Lol this guy….is the embodiment of what the Seahawks team is instead of spending his offseason preparing for next season he opts to go to spring training. This Seahawk run ends this year. And if he was so great and awesome qb how many picks has he thrown in the postseason. I mean this guy threw 5 ints in NFC championship! As a Niner fan I want him to stay as a Seahawk love the rivalry but lol I won’t be hurt if he packs up and leaves….

  86. Hawks fans seem to think SB’s are now their right….NOT! SB hangover anyone? Usually the losing SB does not tend to make it back.Let’s see, the Steelers, Colts, and Niners come to recent memory. I did say the LOSING team. Yall can sit there and say you had back to back SB’s, but yall lost the last one,so……

  87. I love the comments section when it’s related to the Seahawks. Everyone knows the Seattle fan base is bandwagon jumpers. Sure there are die hard a that have been around forever. But even the Hawks fans admit their fellow fans are front runners because they all start their posts with something along the lines of “Seahawks fan here, been a fan since (insert something from along time ago)”… I laugh, out loud, every time.

  88. @woody most Seahawks fans have to state how long they have been Seahawks fans because of idiots that state Seahawks fans are band wagoners. Yet if you do you research and actually look at the fan basis, the Seahawks fans have been strong for a long time. Yes they are not compared to Packer fans who always get number 1 on forbes and sb nation, but the Seahawks’ fans for the last 13 years have been in the top 5.

    Only a band wagoner calls other fans band wagoners because they are ashamed that they were not with hat team through the hard times.

  89. I love this Seahawk team! Its obvious we’re getting under the skin of these bloggers. My boy Russell Wilson isn’t elite? OK so what the kid wins is determined and wouldn’t trade him for nobody! So enjoy your fantasy football points cause that don’t win championships. RussellbWilson is living proof of that! GO HAWKS!

  90. Here’s the funny part….

    Wilson, the guy so many on here pray will try baseball and isn’t “all in” with the Hawks, is currently leading a players only preseason workout in Hawaii.

    LOL

  91. Sounds like a guy grasping at any straw he can during contract negotiations. No way in hell he could play QB and Baseball. NFL QB is a 365 day gig. ZERO chance he plays two sports professionally.

  92. “Hawks fans seem to think SB’s are now their right….NOT! SB hangover anyone? Usually the losing SB does not tend to make it back.Let’s see, the Steelers, Colts, and Niners come to recent memory. I did say the LOSING team. Yall can sit there and say you had back to back SB’s, but yall lost the last one,so……”
    ——–
    There’s a flaw in your field logic.

    “Usually the winning SB does not tend to make it back.”
    You no doubt were here this same time making the same statement I’m sure….How was it you, and so many others who suggested Seattle wouldn’t even make it back to the playoffs much less the SB, have been so – Gulp – Wrong?

  93. “Too bad for him that MLB managers and GMs worry about the statistics. Statistics are about the only thing they worry about.

    .227 won’t get you promoted to The Big Show, as it is called.”

    that’s a whopping 90 game sample size (over two years) or half a season…all while not being able to focus on one sport. Let’s also not forget that in that half a season he had a 5 HR, 8 triples, 19 SB an on base % of .354 and a .983 fielding %. For the morons who only look at Batting average…those numbers are pretty good. Easily good enough to show he is capable. Major League 2b is a very shallow position talent wise. I wouldn’t put it past him to be able to get there and succeed

  94. We’ve all seen this before. Michael Jordan and Bo Jackson also tried to play baseball and that didn’t last long. I’m wondering why RW feels like he needs to use such an obvious ploy.

  95. jchaisson says:
    Apr 18, 2015 11:42 PM
    Hate the Rangers love the Seahawks. I love Wilson’s attitude. They will get back. And they will beat the Colts in Super Bowl 50.

    ——————————————–
    They will beat the Colts only if the NFL plans to host some kind of “runner up” game as neither of those teams will be playing in the actual SB….

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