Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Russell Wilson has 'open invitation' to camp
By Richard Durrett
The Texas Rangers are still hoping that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will come to Surprise, Ariz., for spring training, but they aren't putting any pressure on him.
"He’s got an open invitation to come," general manager Jon Daniels said Wednesday afternoon. "We have not reached out to him formally and talked to him about that at this point."
Daniels said the club wants to be "respectful" of Wilson's schedule and to give him time to decompress after the Super Bowl win. Daniels has talked with Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, but nothing has been determined yet.
If Wilson does come, the Rangers would formally invite him to big league spring training -- they would do that because Wilson has a minor league contract with the club after he was selected in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft in December -- and get him a locker with the rest of the team. What Wilson does is up to him.
"It would be fun to see him out there at second base by Elvis (Andrus)," Daniels said. "Just having him around our guys and our guys be able to pick his brain and see his preparation and what it takes to reach that level would be impactful.
"He’s an age contemporary and as accomplished as it gets at that young an age in his profession. They know who he is and what he just accomplished. If he has impacts on one guy in camp, it would be worth it."
Rodgers said shortly after the Super Bowl that things were "too fluid right now to commit to anything," but noted that Wilson was "honored" to be drafted by Texas.