Russell Wilson, Mike Florio have something in common

Scott Halleran

In retrospect, Florio's suggestion that Russell Wilson should be a two-sport athlete made some very good points.

On Thursday, Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com and NBC Sports suggested that Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson should consider a return to playing baseball professionally. Florio speculated that by doing so, Wilson could make more money and gain some leverage in a potential contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks. As the most expendable member of NBC's Football Night in America 11-person studio team, Florio might want to heed his own wisdom.

The Texas Rangers got plenty of free publicity on Thursday by selecting Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson in the Rule 5 draft, a name that actually makes baseball sound even more boring than it is.

Mike Florio's legal practice has received plenty of free publicity from Florio constantly reminding us that he's a lawyer, in ways that make labor law sound even more boring than it is.

The Rangers got some more free publicity, via Wilson and others talking about whether he'll play baseball.

"Obviously, I love baseball and just love the game," Wilson told reporters on Thursday, via quotes distributed by the team. "It's a relaxing sport, it's a good sport. I played it my whole life, but there's nothing better than playing the quarterback position and playing in front of 90,000 people and it being third and six and the game on the line or being in the red zone and having to make a play in a big situation. So that's why I decided to play football because I love those moments and I love those big games."

Mike's law career has received more free publicity with him and other sources talking about whether he'll continue his law career.

"Practicing law and running the site has worked well, because I have been reducing my practice as the site has grown," Florio told a reporter from the West Virginia Record. "It has made the second half of my career far more satisfying than the first half, and I would welcome the opportunity to do it again, if this path of life that few of us can ever truly control leads me back in that direction."

Wilson admitted that, at one point, he considered being a two-sport athlete at the professional level.

"[Rangers G.M. Jon Daniels] asked me if I'm trying to go Bo Jackson?" Wilson said. "I thought about it before, I'm not going to lie. But no. I mean I'm just focused on football."

Florio admitted that, at one point, he considered working two jobs at the professional level.

"I've wrestled for the past couple of years with whether to stop practicing law completely." Florio said in the same West Virginia Record article. "When the NBC opportunity came along, I knew it was time to move on."

Some think he should consider playing baseball, including an NFL Hall of Famer who once played for the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Braves - on the same day. (Mrs. PFT and I attended the baseball half of that doubleheader, two years before she was Mrs. PFT. And nine years before PFT was PFT.)

Some think he should consider a return to his law practice, including SB Nation's own Bobby Big Wheel who is currently both a practicing lawyer and noted sports blogger (often on the same day).

During the Chargers-Broncos pregame show, Deion Sanders said that Wilson should weigh all options and consider playing baseball. 49ers owner Jed York tweeted, "I agree."

During the Chargers-Broncos pregame show, SB Nation's NFL Editor Ryan Van Bibber said that Florio's analysis of contract law was as good as it ever was, tweeting, "Florio is back in prime form." Grantland's Andrew Sharp was also quick to point out Florio's legal acumen. "This is art," Sharp added.

I agree with his agreement, for reasons explained during Thursday's PFT Live. Wilson will be eligible for a new contract after the 2014 season, but he'll have no way to force the Seahawks to do a new deal that pays him close to market value. Playing baseball in lieu of playing football becomes a viable alternative, especially if the Seahawks make a below-market offer to extend a contract that would pay him a mere $798,000 in 2015.

I agree with his agreement, for reasons I explained yesterday when I was sitting in a pine tree and yelling down the front of my shirt which you all obviously heard. Florio will be eligible for a new contract with NBC Sports soon, but he'll have no way to force them to do a new deal that pays him close to what Peter King is making. Practicing law in lieu of leaking drug test results becomes a viable alternative, especially if NBC makes a below-market offer to extend a contract that gives him half the pay and screen-time that Bob Costas gets.

Wilson's "Go ‘Hawks!" attitude is refreshing, but if he carries that mindset too deeply into his career, he's going to get hosed. Having options means having leverage.

Florio's "Football First" attitude is refreshing, but if he carries that mindset too deeply into his career, he's going to get hosed. Having options means having leverage.

Wilson currently has a significant option that eventually can be parlayed into significant leverage. While playing two sports at the same time is unrealistic for a modern NFL quarterback, Wilson shouldn't close the door on taking up baseball - especially since he could play it a lot longer, emerge from the game a lot healthier, and if he rises to the major leagues make a lot more money.

Florio currently has a significant option that eventually can be parlayed into significant leverage. While having two jobs at the same time is unrealistic for an NFL journalist (which completely kills the entire argument I've just made, but now I'm going to pretend that it I never even wrote that last sentence) Florio shouldn't close the door on returning to the courtroom in West Virginia, especially since it would eliminate the risk of being in a plane crash. If he rises to the top of corporate law, eventually make a lot more money.

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