Russell Wilson encouraged by contract talks with Seahawks

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Russell Wilson is on the field this week as the Seattle Seahawks continue their OTA workouts, and it’s a sight Seahawks fans are hoping will be locked in with a long-term contract extension. Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, went public during the week calling negotiations “encouraging.”

Wilson and the Seahawks have been in discussions to extend his original contract, the four-year rookie deal he signed after being the club’s third-round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft. The contract, which will pay Wilson just $1.5 million this year, expires at the end of the upcoming season.

To put that number in perspective, Wilson’s cap number is just the 18th highest on the club, and barely above that of punter Jon Ryan and behind somebody named Ahtyba Rubin.

“I would characterize our talks as ongoing, fluid, robust at times, thoughtful,” Rodgers told Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.  “And we’ve made progress. … I would characterize them as positive and encouraging.”

Rodgers also said Wilson has no deadline on a new deal, and that he is prepared to play out his contract and go forward from there. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the Seahawks could designate Wilson with the club’s franchise tags for the 2016-2018, but those single-year salaries would be increasingly salary-cap prohibitive.

Wilson is entering his fourth season in the NFL, having lead the Seahawks to three postseason berths and consecutive appearances in the Super Bowl, winning it all in just his second season. He’s been named to two Pro Bowls and has a 36-12 regular season record as a starting quarterback.




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