While April 15th is the deadline to file for federal income taxes, it’s also the deadline star quarterback Russell Wilson has given the Seattle Seahawks to finalize his new contract, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times.
Per a source with the team close to the negotiations, Condotta says its likely Wilson wants to get the new contract negotiated prior to the official start of the team’s offseason workout schedule on the 15th. He reports that it’s believed the two sides have had talks in the past few days to accommodate the supposed request.
Sources have also confirmed this to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Wilson is entering the final year of a four-year contract signed in 2015, which was sealed the night before official training camp began that summer. The thought is Wilson is looking to avoid the same heat that followed him around regarding his contract for much of the 2015 offseason.
What Wilson wants and what the Seahawks are offering have not been revealed. When he signed his current contract, Wilson was the second highest paid QB in the league behind the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers. While Rodgers still maintains the top spot, Wilson currently ranks 12th and likely wants a salary matching his rating as a Top 10, and frequently top 5, QB in the league.
Condotta reports it’s not clear what would happen if the deadline were to pass without a contract. Wilson has stated before he’d be willing to play out the final year of his contract, if needed. Whether the two sides keep talking or Wilson hands them a ticket to stand in his line at free agency after next season is anyone’s guess. Of course, the team can always use the franchise tag to keep him around for another couple of seasons before it becomes too cost-prohibitive.
Recent rumor has it that Wilson wants to beat feet for the East Coast to play for the New York Giants. Talk of a potential deadline and showdown would easily add fuel to that fire.
Yet while some could argue that Seattle’s offensive scheme limits what Wilson is capable of on the field, it’s clear the team has been rebuilt around him as its key. Considered a franchise player, it seems unlikely the Seahawks would let him go or that Wilson would want to walk away from such a custom cushy situation.
In a couple of weeks, we might have a better idea of where things stand.