In an interview with former Seahawk Brock Huard and Mike Salk from ESPN's 710 in Seattle, ESPN's Seahawks beat writer Terry Blount reported that the club is close to a "bigger and crazier and different" contract extension with quarterback Russell Wilson.
The club and Wilson's representatives have been "talking," I'm told, but nothing appears imminent at this time.
The Seahawks fully realize that Wilson has out-performed a rookie deal that saw him earn $662,434 in 2014. The club wants to reward him for his play. The market for Pro Bowl quarterbacks generally goes between $15-20 million per year. The club does have some leverage, though. Remember, the Seahawks own his rights for another year and could franchise Wilson following next season.
By agreeing to restructure now, the club would be providing Wilson financial security. And make no mistake, the deal will provide security. The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed Ben Roethlisberger to a five-year extension this week for a reported $99 million. Wilson is likely to earn something similar to this, which would be more than any deal in Seahawks' history.
Reports that Wilson might set a NFL record with his deal may prove premature. Wilson may be willing to accept less annually to sign earlier, which could keep him out of the $22+ million a year stratosphere that two-time and defending NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers received from the Green Bay Packers.
Regardless of when the extension with Wilson occurs, it certainly appears that John Schneider and the Seahawks will continue to be active. This week the club re-signed defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith and long snapper Clint Gresham. The Seahawks also gave free agent defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin a one-year deal. Rubin spent the past eight seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
The 6-2, 325 pound Rubin is a traditional run-stuffer whose fit in Seattle is playing the one and three-technique positions. He provides the club some flexibility as veteran Brandon Mebane is coming off an injury-shortened season and the man who replaced him in the starting lineup - Kevin Williams - is currently an unrestricted free agent.
While adding Rubin is a "big" addition, nothing is more important to the long-term success of the franchise than locking up their young quarterback.
Seahawks, Russell Wilson closing on new deal
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