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Jeff Samardzija settles into relief role

Updated: February 10, 2011, 4:41 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

As a record-setting receiver for Notre Dame, Jeff Samardzija might have had a bright NFL future, but he chose baseball and signed with the Chicago Cubs in 2006. After three seasons of shuttling between the major and minor leagues as well as the starting rotation and bullpen with minimal success, that decision might seem like a mistake by the 26-year-old Samardzija.

But Samardzija, who was the top-rated receiver heading into the 2007 NFL Draft, said the biggest mistake would be giving ...

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