Relax (again), Russell Wilson’s not switching sports.
And Marshawn Lynch can finally relax that the NFL isn’t going to fine him.
Wilson said he again plans on going to the Texas Rangers’ spring-training camp in Surprise, Arizona, in a few weeks to work out with the team. He did that last March, too, fielding ground balls and watching a Rangers’ exhibition game. He did not face live pitching or play in the game, so there was no potential for injury to affect his day job quarterbacking the Seahawks.
“In terms of the Rangers, I’ll probably go down there at some point,” Wilson said Tuesday before quickly adding, “but I’m just grateful to be on this football team.”
Rangers general manager John Daniels told ESPN.com that Wilson “is expected” at spring training at some point, with details yet to be finalized, and that he’s been in contact with Wilson about it since November.
Wilson teased the media Tuesday about a baseball career with Texas.
“I think I’m going to play for the Rangers, you know, all of Triple A,” he joked. “No, no. My focus is still on being a Super Bowl-type winning quarterback for this football team, obviously. And getting back (to the Super Bowl), but not just getting back. Getting back is not good enough.”
Wilson and his agent Mark Rodgers are likely to be in negotiations in the coming weeks with the Seahawks over an extension of his rookie contract that ends following the 2015 season.
No need to read anything more into this than Wilson dabbling in his “other” sport for a day just because he can, for the fun of it.
NFL WILL NOT FINE LYNCH
As for Lynch, the week between the NFC Championship Game and the Seahawks’ flight to Phoenix for Super Bowl 49, the NFL, team staffers and star running back talked about how he was going to treat his three required media availability sessions in Arizona before the game.
The league told Lynch if he showed up for five minutes at each session and was available, it wouldn't fine him. The league had fined Lynch $100,000 earlier this season after he exited the locker room without speaking just after Seattle’s 24-20 loss to Kansas City on Nov. 16.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement released Wednesday that Lynch fulfilled the obligation to attend all media sessions last week in Phoenix. Lynch appeared three times for five minutes each. On the first media day he said repeatedly: “I’m just here so I won’t get fined.” The next day at the team’s Arizona Grand Resort hotel he said repeatedly: “You know why I’m here.”
On the final media day a week ago, he chastised the assembled mass of cameras and reporters eight deep around his podium.
“I mean, all week, I done told y’all what’s up, and for some reason y’all continue to come back,” Lynch said. “I don’t know what story y’all are trying to get outta me. I don’t know what kind of image y’all are trying to portray of me.
“So y’all can make up whatever you want to make up, because I don’t say enough for y’all to put anything out on me. But I’ll come to y’all’s event. Y’all shove cameras and microphones down my throat. … When I am home, in my environment, I don’t see y’all. But y’all mad at me. If y’all not mad at me, then what y’all here for?”
The league also said Lynch will not be fined for the cap he wore during those three media sessions. The cap was made for Lynch by New Era, an NFL partner, and it displayed his “Beast Mode” brand. National reports during Super Bowl week said the league was contemplating fining him because Lynch wasn’t wearing team gear. But Signora noted Wednesday the cap was made by an NFL licensee and in Seahawks team colors.
Within a day of him wearing the cap to media day last week it sold out on Lynch's website.
The Seahawks announced the signings of 11 players to future contracts for the start of the 2015 league year, which begins next month. Each player was on Seattle's practice squad during the 2014 season:
Those signed: TE RaShaun Allen, S Dion Bailey, RB Demitrius Bronson (a former Kentwood High, University of Washington and Eastern Washington player), G Nate Isles, WR Douglas McNeil, G Drew Nowak, T Justin Renfrow, DE Ryan Robinson, DT Jimmy Staten, DE Julius Warmsley and LB Mike Zimmer.