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Former Georgia, NFL DB Sanders Commings signs minor league deal with Braves

Sanders Commings
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Former Georgia and NFL defensive back Sanders Commings has signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves, reported Thursday.

Commings, who turns 27 on March 8, will play as an outfielder. profiled Commings earlier this month about his desire to return to baseball after last playing it competitively in high school in 2008. He has been training with former MLB player Jerry Hairston Jr.

Hairston, who also was helping Commings meet with teams about minor league contracts, said the former football player already would be in the majors if he had stuck with it after high school.

Commings’ father Sanders Commings Sr. also told at the time that there were teams that were “highly interested” in his son because of his skill set.

Commings was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 amateur draft but instead opted to play football at Georgia. He played for the Bulldogs for five seasons from 2008-12 and then the Kansas City Chiefs for two seasons from 2013-14.

Commings, a three-year starter at Georgia, had 154 tackles and eight interceptions during his Bulldogs career.

With the Chiefs, who drafted him in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, he played in only two games because of injuries. Both appearances came as a rookie in 2013.

Commings did not play baseball at Georgia.

Commings, a Georgia native, batted .520 with 15 home runs, 40 RBIs and 18 stolen bases at Westside High School in Augusta in 2008.

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