Russell Wilson reaches agreement with Rockies

Saw this first on Backing the Pack so I must give credit there. The following article, from Inside the Colorado Rockies, discusses the signing and what the next step will be for Russell. It looks like he’s going to have quite a busy summer.

The key word in the entire release from the web site is allowed. Russell will be “allowed” to play football. As BTP pointed out, that doesn’t necessarily mean he will. In my gut I feel like Russell will be back, but at this point there are certainly no guarantees. If the next month goes very well perhaps Wilson will re-think his commitment to NC State and go forward with baseball.

If Wilson decides to come back, he’s the starter. In my view it’s not even a tough decision. You start the players that give you the absolute best chance to win and right now Russell is that player at the QB spot. Not to say that Mike Glennon wouldn’t be fine, but as of now Wilson still has an edge. That being said, fall camp will likely be another interesting “battle” to see how much Glennon will play. Tom O’Brien has allowed players to determine who plays based on practice and this situation will likely be no different in the sense that competition will happen.

Despite it being a “dead” period in sports, the next couple of months will be very interesting.

Rockies Agree to terms with No. 4 pick

Russell Wilson is the starting quarterback for North Carolina State.

His professional future, however, is in baseball, and he took the first step in that direction on Saturday. Wilson, who had worked out for two days with the Colorado Rockies, agreed to a contract.

Wilson will report to short-season Class A Tri-City in the next day or two, but will be allowed to play this fall for North Carolina State’s football team. Wilson was the Rockies fourth-round draft choice.

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16 Responses to Russell Wilson reaches agreement with Rockies

  1. AveryPage 06/21/2010 at 12:12 AM #

    where will he be playing?

  2. graywolf 06/21/2010 at 5:59 AM #

    where will he be playing?

    Looks like the state of Washington.

  3. nav 06/21/2010 at 8:49 AM #

    Not sure how it all works but it amazes me that as a college athlete you are not allowed to hold any jobs while under a scholarship but you are allowed to get an agent(i assume he did), sign a MLB contract, and still return to play college fb.
    Can someone enlighten me on how this works? I know Jeremy Bloom was not allowed to play college fb because of his endorsement money from skiing. Can Russell just give up his scholarship and play fb.

  4. packbackr04 06/21/2010 at 8:51 AM #

    how much $

  5. fvpackman 06/21/2010 at 9:10 AM #

    He can’t make endorsement money and play football…He does not have to give up his scholarship…


  6. Mike 06/21/2010 at 9:12 AM #

    He can still play football as long as he does not sign any endorsement deals, even if they are baseball only deals. He cannot play college baseball.

    He can sign with an agent, but they can only discuss baseball matters. They cannot discuss football.

    I beleive he also has to give up his scholly but I am not completely sure about this.

    This type arrangement has been done many times in the past.

  7. hball57 06/21/2010 at 12:32 PM #

    “Not sure how it all works but it amazes me that as a college athlete you are not allowed to hold any jobs while under a scholarship but you are allowed to get an agent(i assume he did), sign a MLB contract, and still return to play college fb”

    To clarify, scholarship athletes can not have jobs during their college season. So this is just like having a off-season job. As long as his agent on represents him in baseball, he can retain his eligibility in college football.

  8. nav 06/21/2010 at 1:24 PM #

    Thanks for clarifying things guys. I know this has been done before but it still seems strange. Some of the ways the NCAA rules work are amazing.

  9. tjfoose1 06/21/2010 at 3:10 PM #

    Being a pro in one sport while retaining college eligibility in another is not as uncommon as some of you may think, esp the minor league baseball, college football combo.

    RW will be playing football for the ‘Pack this fall, simply because, he wants too. He wants to play football because he enjoys it. He gets ‘it’… about enjoying life, etc. Especially now.

    As I wrote over a year ago.. he’ll sign a pro contract (check), play pro baseball in the summer (about to be a ‘check’), and play at least one more season of football for the ‘Pack.

    If RW had his way, playing 2 more seasons of football is not entirely out of the question. But I doubt the Rockies will go along with that.

  10. john of sparta 06/21/2010 at 6:50 PM #

    will RW’s agent say: “go ahead, play football”?
    some MLB signees have motorcycle restrictions.
    some have morality clauses. this is complicated.

  11. 61Packer 06/21/2010 at 7:33 PM #

    Given the difficulty of this season’s schedule with only 6 home games, and now this, it might be a long football season.

  12. tjfoose1 06/22/2010 at 1:02 AM #

    “will RW’s agent say: “go ahead, play football”?”

    I suspect playing football was a condition RW put on his agent and any team that drafted him. RW’s agent works for RW, RW does not work for his agent.

  13. Wulfpack 06/22/2010 at 7:16 AM #

    ^Right. But then the agent has to work with the team in negotiating an agreement. So there can be a lot of back and forth.

  14. packbackr04 06/22/2010 at 10:12 AM #

    how much money did he get? i would imagine that would be a pretty good indicator as to whether or not he is coming back.

    if he signed for $100,000 he might play. if he signed for 1.2 mil you can kiss him good bye

  15. DividedWeFall 06/22/2010 at 2:26 PM #

    Jake Locker was in a similar scenario last year. He signed a contract, came back for his junior year AND is coming back for his senior year. Lets hope Russell thinks like Locker…

    “The Angels will hold Locker’s rights for six years, until 2015. Locker said in June he’d require a provision that the Angels pay for his remaining schooling at Washington, as he will be forced to give up his football scholarship”

  16. DividedWeFall 06/22/2010 at 2:32 PM #

    … and hopefully the Rockies’ first pick (Clemson’s starting QB) leaves football immediately and devotes his attention to the diamond.

    The Rockies really love quarterbacks, huh? (incl. Todd Helton)

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