Feleipe Franks may have his eyes set on playing in the NFL but Florida’s starting quarterback isn’t willing to close the door on one day potentially playing Major League Baseball.

The Boston Red Sox made headlines this spring when the team drafted Franks in the 31st round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft, with the 947th overall selection. Considering Franks had not played baseball since his arrival in Gainesville, the news was a surprise.

Immediately after being drafted by the Red Sox, Franks released the following statement:

“I’m flattered that the Red Sox picked me this afternoon. However, I’m living out my dream being the quarterback of the Florida Gators. We’re all working extremely hard this offseason and I cannot wait to hit the field this fall.”


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Now comes the news, via Alex Speier of the Boston Globe, that the Red Sox have signed Franks to a rookie contract.

“The Red Sox announce the signing of five players… including Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks, who will be assigned to a TBA affiliate at a later date. (Presumably, this won’t impact his football season.)

“If Franks doesn’t end up pursuing a football career, the Red Sox would have him come to spring training as a pitcher. He got on a mound for the first time in five years after being drafted and touched 94 mph.”

You can’t blame Franks for keeping his options open. If things don’t work out in the NFL, very few prospects have the option of immediately landing in another sport. Now the Gator signal-caller has that option in his back pocket.