Cubs sign Samardzija to five-year, $10 million deal

Updated: January 21, 2007, 9:27 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Jeff Samardzija decided to give up football and stay with baseball.

The former Notre Dame receiver, projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, agreed Friday to a $10 million, five-year contract to pitch for the Chicago Cubs.

"Baseball is my first love. I played it my whole life," Samardzija said.

A 21-year-old right-hander, Samardzija was the Cubs' fifth-round pick in last year's amateur draft and had a 2.70 ERA in seven starts for their Class ...

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