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Cleveland Browns linebacker trying to stick with Boston Red Sox organization

caption goes here (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Brandon Magee has appeared in eight NFL games, but would like to stick with the Red Sox (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns held one of their 'voluntary' workout programs on Monday afternoon, a workout that linebacker Brandon Magee chose not to attend.

In fairness, he does have a good excuse as Magee is currently participating in extended spring training with the Boston Red Sox.

Hoping to secure a spot in the organization, Magee will continue to play in the Sox's minor league system until the Browns first minicamp starts April 29. If Magee hasn't been awarded a roster spot on one of the Red Sox minor league affiliates (likely the Greenville Drive, a Single-A affiliate in South Carolina) by that time, he plans to focus on football moving forward.

The former Arizona State outfielder was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2008, by Oakland in 2011 and the Red Sox in 2012, despite not playing much on the Sun Devils' baseball team. He starred as a linebacker in the Pac 12 and signed as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in April 2013. After being cut by the Cowboys at the end of training camp, he landed in Cleveland, where he played in eight games on special teams last season. He suffered a torn pectoral muscle in December against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was forced to miss the remainder of the season.

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Magee's foray comes in an offseason in which no less than the reigning Super Bowl-winning quarterback (Russell Wilson) also tried his hand at baseball, albeit for only a day. Taken in the Rule 5 draft by the Texas Rangers, Wilson spent a day at spring training with the team in March and said baseball is still very much in his blood.

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