Baseball wasn’t contract leverage for Russell Wilson, after all

AP

Earlier this year, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said that his baseball hobby isn’t a contract ploy. And it apparently wasn’t, because his new deal doesn’t include a no-baseball clause.

PFT has confirmed a smattering of reports that, indeed, Wilson’s new deal doesn’t prevent him from playing baseball. In contrast, the contract signed in May by Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston expressly prevents him from playing baseball.

Other players have a similar clause, including Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel.

It’s unknown whether the Seahawks asked for a no-baseball clause or whether Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, offered such a clause in exchange for more money. Regardless, with Wilson making it clear that he’d like to play baseball and football, that he thinks he could play both, and that he’d “definitely consider” it if his rights were traded by the Texas Rangers to the Seattle Mariners, the issue possibly isn’t dead but merely dormant.

16 responses to “Baseball wasn’t contract leverage for Russell Wilson, after all

  1. I don’t understand how anyone could think Wilson could ever play baseball. 235 lifetime hitter,

  2. Of course it wasn’t. Wilson needs a career to fall back on once it becomes obvious that he can’t win when not carried by one of the best defenses of all time and a run game.

  3. Anyone who has played minor league ball (A class and above) already knows that Wilson just does not have the eyesight and micro-reaction time to succeed as a batter in the majors.

    Wilson has already established a baseline in the minors where the best he could against minor league pitching was in the .220 range.

    If you cannot tear up minor league pitching even with the coaching he got, then you have no future or prospect as a position player. Unless Wilson can switch into becoming a pitcher (no batting in the American league) throwing heat (fastballs in the mid 100s mph or faster) or junk balls (sinkers, knuckleballs, splitters, and sliders) with precise control, there is no major league team that can afford the luxury of giving up one of the 28 roster spots for a terrible hitting celebrity.

    Unlike in the Show, minor leaguers have to carry their own bags and travel,coach or ride the team buses. Maybe THAT is what Wilson misses, being able to slum it.

  4. Wilson would have been a fool to follow through with those so-called threats anyway. He would have spent the next five years toiling in the minors while his football prime would have also wasted away. That was never a legit story, so why is it still brought up?

  5. It all depends on whether or not God wants Russell Wilson to make baseball a better sport by playing it.

  6. I really like Russell Wilson, but I’m sorry. He couldn’t use the prospect of him playing baseball to leverage a ride to the airport. At best if he would have committed to baseball full time, he maybe could have been a light hitting journeyman infielder along the lines of Craig Counsell or Mark Lemke. Now that he hasn’t played baseball at all since 2010, any attempt at pro baseball would look something like what Michael Jordan tried.

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