With less than 10 days to go until the start of training camp, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times wonders if Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner will be signed to a contract extension. Seattle, he posits, may wait to see what develops with Russell Wilson over the next week or so before moving on to Wagner. If nothing gets done, the urgency could increase to get a deal signed with Wagner. Former agent Joel Corry says that Luke Kuechly should command a higher salary than Wagner, but if the Panthers standout were to sign a significant deal before Wagner, it could compel Seattle to pay more.
Here’s more from the NFC West..
- Self-representation will prevent Seahawks tackle Russell Okung from participating in the three-day negotiating period before free agency unless the rules change, Joel Corry of CBSSports.com tweets. Meanwhile, Okung took to Twitter to thank his union for its support. “Thanks to the @NFLPA for immediate assistance in providing the resources I’ll need to move forward. Players, the tools are there for you too,” Okung tweeted. We learned yesterday that Okung, eligible for free agency after the season, will be representing himself in talks. In 2014, the 27-year-old dealt with a labrum tear and a bruised lung after having undergone foot surgery in the offseason.
- Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports got the skinny on the support the NFLPA is giving to Okung. Union prez Eric Winston says Okung has been provided with the top 10 offensive tackle contracts and he’ll be offered further analysis and legal advice on contract language as needed. Meanwhile, the NFLPA’s committee on re-examining agent fees has convened three times now and one has to wonder if Okung’s decision could become a trend. Giants running back and player rep Rashad Jennings, who signed a four-year deal worth $10MM in March 2014, says that he will negotiate his next deal without an agent.
- Free agent tight end Jermaine Gresham visited the Cardinals as planned on Tuesday but no deal is in place between the two sides yet, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic tweets. The former Oklahoma product never lived up to the hype that surrounded him when he was selected by Cincinnati in the first round of the 2010 draft, but he has a history of consistent production, averaging about 56 catches, 544 yards, and five touchdowns per year.