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Author: Jon Kuzma
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Just a year ago the Seattle Seahawks considered drafting Patrick Mahomes which raised some questions about Russell Wilson’s long term status with the team. We know now that if football doesn’t work out for Wilson he has a pretty legitimate back up plan. The New York Yankees just traded for Wilson’s rights should he ever consider playing baseball again. It seems like that’s a reach but maybe the physicality of pro football is making Wilson reconsider his options? Even though the Seahawks signal caller led the NFL with 34 passing touchdowns, there will be less wear and tear on his body should he pursue the baseball route. It’s very possible that if things started to go south on the football field Wilson might put on the pinstripes and get back out on the baseball diamond. Russell Wilson was on the Texas Rangers roster and actually spent a little bit of spring training with the team to help the Rangers with public relations. Why the Yankees would acquire Wilson when he isn’t even committed to the sport is the true mystery though? Maybe the Bronx Bombers have been hashing out the details with Wilson behind the scenes? One thing is for certain and that’s Wilson had to get back to winning games in order to ensure his status as the Seahawks starting quarterback. 34 touchdowns doesn’t mean a thing if your franchise doesn’t go to the playoffs. Seattle has already considered bringing in other QBs so that should tell you the front office isn’t exactly sold on Wilson. One of the knocks against this guy is the fact that he is a little bit superficial. A great example of this is the quote below. Even though Russell Wilson was technically on the Rangers roster, he wasn’t really a member of the team because he was playing pro football with the Seahawks. It’s all about popularity with Wilson and you have to wonder who he is and what he stands for behind the mask?
Wilson’s statement about being traded
“While football is my passion and my livelihood, baseball remains a huge part of where I came from and who I am today,” Wilson said in a statement. “I’ve learned so much on the baseball field that translates to my game physically and mentally playing quarterback in the NFL. I thank the Rangers and their great fans for making me feel at home and a part of the family! While I embrace the chance to be a New York Yankee, I will forever be grateful to have been a part of a world class organization like the Texas Rangers.”
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