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Russell Wilson | Quarterback

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 206
College: Wisconsin
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Seahawks signed QB Russell Wilson to a four-year, $87.6 million contract extension that includes $60 million guaranteed.
Wilson gets a $31 million signing bonus and is signed through 2019, his age-31 season. The deal is short compared to other quarterback contracts, but gives Wilson another potential bite at the free-agency apple when he's still theoretically in his prime as a quarterback. Wilson's $21.9 million annually in new money makes him the second-highest paid quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers ($22 million). There were whispers Wilson was aiming for a fully-guaranteed contract. He settled for 68.5 percent of it guaranteed, which is still better than any other quarterback. The Seahawks will now turn their attention to MLB Bobby Wagner. Jul 31 - 9:55 AM

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Profootballtalk passes along "belief in league circles" that the Seahawks could finalize Russell Wilson's extension within "the next 48 hours."

Both sides have gone to great lengths to posture through the media, releasing contract-proposal numbers and even telling some media outlets Wilson could be an ex-Seahawk by next offseason. (The latter was never, ever going to happen.) It's rumored the Seahawks are willing to up their offer, likely in an effort to compromise. Wilson would also have to give something in that compromise, of course. It sounds like an accord may be imminent.
Jul 31 - 1:28 AM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports a "sizable gap" remains between Russell Wilson and the Seahawks ahead of Friday's artificial extension deadline.

Per Garafolo, "only significant concessions by one or both parties" will get a deal done. Garafolo reports the Seahawks have offered to make Wilson one of the three highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, and are willing to best Cam Newton's five-year, $103.8 million extension. That's not good enough for Wilson, who understands that historical precedent dictates he becomes the highest-paid player in the league, at least until Andrew Luck gets a new deal.
Source: FOX Sports
Jul 30 - 5:47 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Seahawks aren't making much progress in extension talks with Russell Wilson.

Per La Canfora, the Seahawks are offering a "very strong deal" by their standards, but it would be "viewed as weak" by top quarterback precedent. The Seahawks seem convinced Wilson will eventually budge and take something of a hometown discount, but it isn't happening. Wilson will supposedly cut off talks when camp begins on Friday.
Jul 30 - 4:59 PM

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks remain in extension negotiations.

Wilson has said he will cut off all talks once training camp opens Friday. So of course there's "pessimism" that a deal will get done, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Thursday. The Seahawks have reportedly offered Wilson a deal with an average annual value of $21 million.
Jul 30 - 10:53 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the deal the Seahawks have offered Russell Wilson would pay him under $20 million up front.

The deal would be worth $21 million annually, but the up-front money is a sticking point. Cam Newton, for instance, received $30 million up front on his six-year, $118.47 million pact. Still, it's now clear the Seahawks are making progress in contract talks with Wilson. Per RapSheet, "negotiations are ongoing, Wilson hasn't turned anything down outright, and nothing has been taken off the table."
Source: NFL.com
Jul 26 - 2:47 PM

According to Profootballtalk, "word on the NFL grapevine" is that the Seahawks have offered Russell Wilson a long-term contract with an average-annual value of $21 million, and "significant guaranteed money."

It's a good start, but not what Wilson is looking for, which is to become the highest-paid player in the league. That requires surpassing Aaron Rodgers' annual $22 million. It's a standoff where Wilson owns much of the leverage, though Seattle has the ability to franchise tag its quarterback each of the next two years. In the end, a deal before Week 1 seems more likely than not. It's makes too much sense for both sides.
Jul 25 - 1:57 PM

In a poll of 35 coaches, personnel men and former front office executives, only 11 viewed Russell Wilson as a top-tier quarterback.

"Because I think he needs Marshawn Lynch and the defense to do what he has done," one coordinator opined. Another offensive coach said the "bubble is going to burst" for Wilson if the team needs him to throw the ball on a frequent basis. "He is not a [first-tier QB]," a head coach said. "He cannot win the whole thing. Is that why they are not paying him? I think you could make an argument to put him down as a 3, but I would say he is a 2." It's possible the Seahawks feel the same way, as they've so far balked at making Wilson the highest-paid player in the game like he wants to be. For what it's worth, Wilson is a top-tier QB in our book.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 22 - 9:02 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports contract-year QB Russell Wilson will not negotiate a new deal once he steps foot onto the field at training camp.

Contract talks will be halted until next offseason if a deal isn't in place by July 30 when the Seahawks report to camp. After that, we'll likely be looking at a franchise-tag situation come 2016. Wilson is reportedly still aiming to be the league's highest-paid player and possibly score a fully-guaranteed contract.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 17 - 8:47 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Seahawks and contract-year QB Russell Wilson remain "not close" in talks, and that Wilson wants to "be paid as if" he was a free agent.

Per Rapsheet, "thoughts of a fully guaranteed contract have not left" Wilson's mind. If there was a window for the Seahawks to get any sort of a discount on their franchise player, it has slammed shut. Wilson wants to be the league's highest-paid player, and the Seahawks lack a sensible argument for why he shouldn't be. Wilson is not the league's best quarterback, but mega deals are the reality for any elite signal caller whose time it is to get paid. This is a staring contest Seattle will eventually lose.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 16 - 1:27 PM

Speaking to a church congregation on Sunday, Russell Wilson again refused to rule out the idea of playing baseball.

"Both" was Wilson's answer when asked which sport he preferred. "I believe if anybody could do it, I could," Wilson continued. "And I believe God’s put me — gave me the ability to do it. I’ve done it my whole life." Why Wilson keeps talking about his theoretical baseball career is anyone's guess, but it still stands to reason that he's trying to leverage the Seahawks in long-term talks. For as earnest and humble as Wilson presents himself, we doubt he actually has designs on becoming a two-sport athlete at the age of 26.
Jul 6 - 5:13 PM

Russell Wilson said he'd "definitely consider" resuming his baseball career were he traded to the Seattle Mariners.

Wilson's MLB rights are currently owned by the Texas Rangers. It's the second time in four months that Wilson has refused to close the door on his baseball career, but it's almost certainly just a negotiating ploy as he angles to become the NFL's highest-paid player. Going on 27, Wilson was good enough to play in the minor leagues, but has never been considered a high-end prospect. He's not going to be the next Deion Sanders or Bo Jackson.
Jul 3 - 1:33 AM

In an interview with ESPN, Russell Wilson mentioned $25 million as an annual salary figure.

Wilson continues to engage in subtle yet public negotiations with the Seahawks as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. "No matter how much I’m getting paid, whether it’s $25 million or $1.5 million. I’ll be ready to go," he said. The $1.5 million number is what he's set to make this season and $25 million would be $3 million more than current NFL leader Aaron Rodgers' $22 million annual average. After the interview aired, Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers wrote the following on Twitter: "I wish he had said $40 million. Then this would be really interesting. #patience #relax #no_deadline."
Jun 30 - 7:56 AM

In an interview at his annual passing academy, Russell Wilson said he wants to be with the Seahawks a "really, really long time."

While that may be true, Wilson also reportedly wants to become the highest-paid player in the league. To this point, the Seahawks have seemed hesitant to match the request, though that could certainly change as a potential future without a top-five quarterback comes into sharper focus. Wilson is scheduled to make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Source: Madison.com
Jun 28 - 4:22 PM

PFT's Mike Florio's "current prediction" is that contract-year QB Russell Wilson won't be with the Seahawks in 2016.

Bold. It's only a prediction, but Florio is in the know and has plenty of sources. The two sides do seem to be pretty far apart on Wilson's value. The Seahawks are offering Wilson a deal in the Cam Newton range, while Wilson wants to be the league's highest-paid player. Florio thinks the Seahawks will use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Wilson and another team signs him to an offer sheet the Seahawks are unwilling to match. When push comes to shove, it's hard to see the Seahawks truly letting their franchise quarterback walk out the door.
Jun 26 - 12:26 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Russell Wilson
2Tarvaris Jackson
3B.J. Daniels
4R.J. Archer
RB1Marshawn Lynch
2Robert Turbin
3Christine Michael
4Thomas Rawls
5Rod Smith
GLB1Marshawn Lynch
2Robert Turbin
3RB1Robert Turbin
2Marshawn Lynch
FB1Derrick Coleman
2Will Tukuafu
3Brandon Cottom
WR11Doug Baldwin
2Ricardo Lockette
3Kevin Norwood
4Douglas McNeil
5Kasen Williams
WR21Jermaine Kearse
2Tyler Lockett
3Chris Matthews
4Paul Richardson
5Kevin Smith
WR31Tyler Lockett
TE1Jimmy Graham
2Luke Willson
3Cooper Helfet
4Rashaun Allen
5Anthony McCoy
K1Steven Hauschka