Russell Wilson has a lot of options in the future, just in case this whole football thing doesn’t work out for him.
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The 26-year-old, who was drafted by the MLB’s Texas Rangers last December, was placed on the team’s Triple-A Round Rock roster on Tuesday, days before baseball’s Rule 5 draft.
Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News first reported the story:
"By moving Wilson up a level, it would force a team to pay $50,000 for his rights, then keep him on the Major League roster for a full-season… Had the Rangers left him on the Double-A roster, a team could have picked him for $12,500 and put him on a minor league roster as the Rangers did last winter."
Wilson, a two-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion in his third NFL season, played 93 minor league baseball games in 2010 and 2011.
He hit .229 in those seasons, with five home runs and 26 runs batted in. He flashed his speed, too, stealing 19 bases, 15 of which came in his sophomore season.
Wilson made headlines in March when he participated in spring activities with the Rangers, just a month after helping the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl.
The story became juicier when Wilson said “you never say never” when asked if he would consider playing baseball and football at the same time.
Wilson also mentioned that his priority was with the Seahawks, per a March ESPN.com article:
"“I’ve always had the dream of playing two sports. If somehow it was a miracle that it could work out, I’d consider it. At the same time, my focus is winning the championship with the Seattle Seahawks and hope to be playing for a long time.”"
The Rangers have reportedly asked Wilson to participate in spring activities again in March 2015, but Wilson has not publicly accepted nor declined the offer.
Through 13 games this NFL season, Wilson has thrown for 2,729 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing only five interceptions. He has also rushed for 727 yards and five more TDs.