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Marlins offer Pat White minor-league contract

The former Dolphins and West Virginia QB may give baseball another try.

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It's been three years since Pat White last took a snap in the NFL with the Dolphins, but the 26-year-old may make a return to professional sports, and Miami, shortly. Just don't look for him on a football field.

The Miami Marlins have made a minor-league contract offer to the former quarterback to join the organization as an outfielder, relays Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel:

White on Thursday told 640 Sports' Orlando Alzugaray he has an offer in hand from the Marlins' organization. That is in fact the case.

If White chooses to sign the contract he would report to minor league spring training and try to land a spot on one of the club's affiliates.

White was a two-sport All-American athlete in high school, and was picked by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2004 draft, but ultimately elected to honor his scholarship to West Virginia University.

White starred in his four years at WVU, setting the FBS record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,480 -- among other milestones. Following his senior year, he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 44th overall in the draft. White played some in his rookie campaign, carrying 21 times for 81 yards on the year, but was released before the 2010 season.

White then made the jump back to baseball, signing a minor-league contract with the Royals in September 2010. The lefty-hitting outfielder was assigned to the club's instructional league, but never played an official game for the organization.

White has made statements recently alluding to his desire to return to the NFL, so whether or not he will accept the Marlins' offer depends on which sport he'd rather pursue.