No, there’s no worry that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will up and decide to play baseball again (remember that he spent some time in the Colorado Rockies’ organization).
But that didn’t stop the Texas Rangers this morning from taking Wilson in the Rule 5 Draft.
As this story explains, though, the Rangers’ plans for Wilson are more off than on the field.
As the story states:
In truth, the more practical application of the Wilson draft is as a motivational speaker. The club would like to get him to spring training to speak with younger minor league players. Essentially, the Rangers paid $12,000 for a motivational speech.
“Everything you see and read about him, we think he’d have a positive message for all our guys,” (assistant general manager A.J.) Preller said. “The make up and the way he goes about his business, to have him part of the organization is something we really like.”
Wilson joins an ever-growing list of football talents the Rangers have acquired or drafted in recent years. While they did once trade for Heisman Trophy winner Rickey Willams, in the last five years they have drafted Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, Florida State quarterback (and likely Heisman Trophy winner) Jameis Winston and now Wilson.
So no, no worry that Wilson won’t show up for the Seahawks’ game Sunday against the New York Giants.
Here’s more from SI.com.
UPDATED — Here’s a press release from the Texas Rangers with quotes from team officials explaining why they took Wilson.
And here’s a story from NFLcom that quotes Wilson’s agent as saying he “couldn’t imagine a scenario” where he actually decides to try baseball.
Wilson is scheduled to meet the media today for his regular Thursday press conference during game weeks, and undoubtedly will be asked about being taken by the Rangers today.