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Nebraska QB Bubba Starling facing $7.5 million decision — at least

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New Nebraska signee Bubba Starling is still working through the monetary specifics of a potential contract with the Kansas City Royals franchise.

According to  Huskers beat reporter Sean Callahan by way of the Kansas City Star, Starling is negotiating a roughly $2.5 million difference in contract money with the baseball organization.

Callahan tweets “KC Star reports this morning that Bubba Starling is looking for around $10 million and KC is currently around $7.5 million.

“To put $10 million in perspective, Stephen Strasburg got $15.1 million from Washington. Previous record was $10.5 million (Mark Prior).

Dayton Moore (KC Senior VP-Baseball Operations/General Manager) on signing Bubba Starling: “I have not had any discussions. I don’t know where it’s going to go.”

Starling is currently on campus with his teammates for summer workouts, although how long he will be there still remains to be seen. During Big Ten Media Days, Nebraska coach Bo Pelini and running back Rex Burkhead said they’re prepared to enter 2011 in either situation. Starling was not present during Media Days.

Just trying to keep baseball out of his head,” Burkhead said to HuskersExtra. “Just let him enjoy his experience right now. That’s his own decision. We’re not making it for him.”

Starling was drafted by the Royals as the fifth overall pick back in June. If Starling were to stick around for the Huskers, he would be in contention to be the second-string quarterback behind Taylor Martinez. The Cornhuskers are dangerously thin at the QB spot, with Cody Green moving on to Tulsa and Kody Spano moving on from football due to injuries.

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5 Responses to “Nebraska QB Bubba Starling facing $7.5 million decision — at least”
  1. paparoach25 says: Jul 30, 2011 1:10 PM

    baseball here I come !

  2. polegojim says: Jul 30, 2011 3:00 PM

    Ditto, with exclamation points!!!!

    Why would you risk playing college football, getting hurt…maybe seriously, and losing BOTH opportunities? Ask Kody Spano.

    Take the money and hit the baseball diamond running.

  3. t16rich says: Jul 30, 2011 3:33 PM

    Take the money. If in 3 or 4 years it isn’t working, you are rich and still have an oppurtunity to be a 22 year old freshman qb. hahaha. Take the money

  4. mrf47 says: Jul 31, 2011 10:10 PM

    The Nebraska boosters are really going to have to get organized if they’re going to top $7.5 million…

  5. florida727 says: Aug 1, 2011 3:04 PM

    The article doesn’t specifically say, but am I right in assuming he’s a pitcher in baseball? The article references Strasberg and Pryor, both pitchers, so I’m guessing that’s right.

    Like the others say, I agree, grab the cash. It might not be there for long. Set yourself up financially for life, then you can worry about whether or not it’s worth it to be a BACKUP quarterback… or maybe a starter somewhere down the road. For right now, it’ll cost you 7.5 to watch Taylor Martinez for a season on the sidelines.

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