About a month ago, while Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick were preparing for the NFC Championship game, the people over at Topps were busy preparing Russell Wilson in a different way, for a baseball card.
While it is no secret that Wilson has a baseball background (he was drafted back in 2007 and again in 2010), some people were surprised to hear that he was considering joining the Texas Rangers for spring training so soon after winning the Superbowl. While Wilson’s agent insists his client has no intention of becoming the next 2 sport athlete, from a leverage standpoint, joining the Rangers for spring training might make sense.
Wilson is subject to the NFL’s 2011 Collective Bargaining agreement and cannot renegotiate his contract until after this upcoming season. What that means is, despite all of his success, Wilson is still being paid like a third round draft pick and is scheduled to make $662,434 this upcoming season. That is a slight increase from the $526,217 he made last season, which was less than what Peyton Manning made per game. I’m sure when it comes time to renegotiate his contract at the end of next season, Seahawk’s management might be willing to pay a little extra if they can get Russell to agree to stay off the baseball diamond for good. How much extra? I don’t know, Wilson only has a .229 batting average in two seasons of single A ball, but let’s not worry about numbers yet. For now let’s just enjoy this baseball card and the fantasy of having another big name 2 sport athlete. Topps plans to release the card in limited quantity as part of their Bowman Baseball set.
– G. Mindiola