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Fresh off helping the Seattle Seahawks cruise in Super Bowl XLVIII, Russell Wilson is figuring out his offseason schedule and whether it will include a trip to spring training with the Texas Rangers.
Wilson was selected in the Rule 5 draft in December for $12,000 by the Rangers, who plucked him from the Colorado Rockies organization. Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, confirmed in a text message Tuesday morning that the 25-year-old quarterback's schedule was "too fluid to commit to anything" at this time.
"I know he was honored to be drafted by the Rangers, but there is no pressure or obligation to report," Rodgers said. "Ideally, people will allow Russell to enjoy the Super Bowl victory and relish in that accomplishment before making any firm commitments for the offseason."
The Rangers are taking that approach.
General manager Jon Daniels said Monday evening that he hasn't attempted to reach out to Rodgers or Wilson, preferring to give the quarterback/second baseman "time to enjoy the 'W'" and allow him to decide how he wants to handle his offseason.
"We'll connect when he comes up for air," Daniels said.
Wilson is one of the biggest faces of the Super Bowl champs as the quarterback and a team leader. On Monday, he made an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York, and he sat courtside with Beyonce and Jay Z at Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 76ers-Nets game. The Seahawks will celebrate the title with fans in a parade Wednesday in Seattle.
In December, shortly after he was drafted by Texas, Wilson expressed an interest in going to Arizona to join the Rangers as they prepare for the 2014 season. That was, of course, before he went on the playoff run.
"I'm sure I'll go down there for spring training and just talk to some of their players and hang out some," Wilson said in December. "It'll be kinda cool. But that's down the road. I'm trying to win a game this week."
That could still happen, but Wilson needs some time to sort things out.
|Russell Wilson may be undecided on whether he will stop by Texas' camp this spring, but he will wear a Rangers uniform on a baseball card for Topps set for release in April.|
Wilson was drafted in the fourth round by the Rockies in 2010 -- three years after the Baltimore Orioles selected him in the 41st round but he decided to play at NC State instead -- and signed for $200,000. Once he received nearly $3 million from the Seahawks, he ended up returning part of the bonus Colorado paid him.
Wilson hit .229 with five homers, 19 stolen bases and 118 strikeouts playing in Class A in 2010 and '11.
The Rangers have said from the moment they took him in the Rule 5 draft that they didn't expect him to give up football. They just wanted him to be around the team a bit, if he was willing, so that some of the young players could learn from him the work and attitude needed to be successful.
"Everything you see and read about him and seeing him play on Sundays, you hear about the work ethic, the person," Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller said in December. "I think that's going to be a positive message for all of our players in our system, our coaches, everybody to have somebody like that around.
"At the end of the day, if he decides it's not something he wants to come back and do full time, just having him around, having him talk to a group, I think there's definitely positives in all that."
The fact Wilson never has played above Class A hasn't stopped Topps from producing a baseball card of him in a Rangers jersey that will debut in the Bowman Series in late April. And if he does work out with the Rangers before the season begins, the media and fan interest will be high.
Wilson was 18-of-25 for 206 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle's 43-8 smashing of the Denver Broncos on Sunday. He threw for 3,357 yards and completed 63.1 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns in the regular season and rushed for 539 yards and a score.