NFL Draft: Samardzija Anyone?

By Adam Caparell - April 29, 2007

NEW YORK - Will anyone take a flier on Notre Dame's Jeff Samardzija, despite the fact the multi-talented wide out is now playing baseball for the Cubs? He have about 20 picks left to find out.

Samardzija was an equally accomplished pitcher during his days in South Bend as he was on the gridiron. He played minor league ball last summer before football season began and just before the Senior Bowl, Samardzija announced he was going to pursue baseball instead of football and promptly signed a contract worth up to $10 million dollars. He got a boatload of guaranteed money from the Cubs that he couldn't turn down.

During our chat with Brady Quinn, Samardzija came up we talked about him briefly. Quinn agreed that there was too much money on the table for his former go-to-guy to pass up.

I'm not sure how NFL rights work involving the draft, but it would be interesting to see if anyone would attempt to grab a guy who would have easily been a first day pick. Samardzija's said he's not going to return to football - baseball is his first love - but arm injurires seem to be a dime a dozen these days.

It's not going to happen. Everyone would be shocked as hell if it did. But I just thought I'd throw that one out there.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:21 PM on April 29, 2007

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