While appearing as a guest on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson said he would consider playing professional baseball if his rights were traded by the Texas Rangers to the Seattle Mariners.
"I would definitely consider it," Wilson, who was a second baseman in college, said when asked about the possibility of playing baseball as well as football. Wilson, whose baseball contract rights were acquired by the Rangers in 2013, played both football and baseball at North Carolina State University, before transferring to the University of Wisconsin. He played minor league baseball for the Tri-City Dust Devils in 2010 and Asheville Tourists in 2011.
Kimmel also asked about Wilson’s current contract negotiations with the Seahawks. The quarterback said both sides would eventually agree on a deal. "I just want to paid based off my play. It will all work out in the end. We’ll figure it out," the 26-year-old said.
The Wilson contract discussion with the Seahawks has been one of the hottest topics in the current NFL offseason with the QB stating that he’ll let his play do the talking regarding what kind of contract he deserves.
Wilson has helped the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in the last two seasons, including an NFL title in 2014. However, he is one of the most underpaid players in the league: He'll earn just $1.42 million for the 2015 season, owing to a rookie contract he signed after getting picked in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
While no exact figures have been reported, Wilson is expected to demand a contract similar to those of other top QBs in the league.