The Seahawks and Russell Wilson appear unlikely to reach an agreement on a long-term extension during the offseason, according to Jason Cole of Bleacher Report (video link), who says that the Seattle quarterback will likely have to wait until after the 2015 season to secure a new deal.
Cole’s report echoes what we heard from other writers last week, suggesting that the Seahawks and Wilson are far apart when it comes to the signal-caller’s per-year value over the long term. According to Cole, Wilson is seeking a contract worth at least $20MM annually, while the Seahawks aren’t willing to go that high.
As Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle and Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com previously noted, Wilson’s relatively minuscule 2015 salary is a significant factor in contract talks. The fact that they’re paying him such a small amount this year makes the Seahawks comfortable going year to year with the franchise tag for 2016 and 2017, if it comes to that. Even if those franchise salaries exceed $20MM, which they would, Seattle would still likely pay Wilson less than $50MM for the next three seasons, an average below $17MM.
According to Cole, talks between the two sides have left Wilson feeling somewhat frustrated and underappreciated, which could help explain why the 26-year-old has been publishing semi-cryptic tweets as of late. As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk detailed yesterday, one recent Wilson tweet advised not letting a “lack of gratefulness and respect bring you down.”
The Seahawks and Wilson still have more than two months before training camp begins, so there’s plenty of time to bridge the gap in negotiations and strike a deal. However, at this point that looks unlikely, and it may just be a matter of time until the two sides decide to shelve those contract discussions until after the season and focus on making it back to the Super Bowl.