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Michigan's Shea Patterson signs with Rangers
Thursday Jul 05, 2018 12:00am

(ANN ARBOR) - Shea Patterson may be interested in baseball after his football career at Michigan is over. Patterson, a junior quarterback for the Wolverines, was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 39th round of the Major League Baseball draft last month despite not playing organized baseball since his junior year of high school. His focus is still on playing football in Ann Arbor. Though he's keeping baseball on the table. The Dallas Morning News first reported Tuesday that the Rangers have signed Patterson to a "2019 contract to play after he completes his football eligibility at Michigan." The deal, per a source with direct knowledge of the situation, is a six-year agreement that will allow Patterson to work with the Rangers' instructional staff when he has off time from football at Michigan. He won't play in any baseball games during his football career, and the agreement has no impact on his status or eligibility at Michigan. Beginning this season, Patterson will have two more years of football eligibility remaining. Michigan was made aware of Patterson's decision to sign and, per the source, coach Jim Harbaugh was in complete support of the move. NCAA rules allow players to be considered as professionals in one team sport while maintaining eligibility in another. Several players have gone through the football-baseball combination over the years. Patterson last played baseball during his junior year at Calvary Baptist Academy in Louisiana.

Shea Patterson (photo courtesy of John David Mercer/USA Today Sports)
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