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Russell Wilson | Quarterback

Team: Seattle Seahawks
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 206
College: Wisconsin
Contract: view contract details

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Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports it's "highly unlikely" the Seahawks will extend contract-year QB Russell Wilson's deal this year.
Wilson is said to be seeking in excess of $20 million annually on a five-year extension. Per Cole, the Seahawks "have no desire to get anywhere close to that" and are willing to let him play out the final year of his rookie contract and then use the franchise tag back-to-back years through 2017. That would net Wilson around $45-48 million over the next three years. Recent reports have suggested the two sides are "10s of millions" apart in contract talks. Cole's report seconds that. May 15 - 12:09 PM

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The Seahawks and Russell Wilson are "10s of millions" apart in contract talks, according to ESPN 710 Seattle.

Wilson is reportedly seeking a deal in the $120 million range, while Seattle has reportedly offered a four-year extension worth close to $80 million. The Seahawks are essentially offering Andy Dalton money. Wilson wants to be paid like Aaron Rodgers. Wilson has previously used his baseball contract with the Texas Rangers as leverage in negotiations. Wilson is too good a player for the Seahawks to risk losing. Even if they're far apart now, the two sides should come to an agreement sooner or later.
Source: ESPN 710
May 8 - 9:09 AM

Coach Pete Carroll said contract talks with Russell Wilson are "going a little slow, but it's ongoing."

Carroll said the Seahawks are "waiting to hear from their side." This will be one of the biggest contracts in NFL history and there's no real rush right now, so it's not a surprise it's taking some time. Previous reports had Wilson accepting less overall money for a record-breaking amount of guarantees. "I'd rather patiently wait & see what God has in store than do something that isn't best for my life," Wilson tweeted shortly after Carroll spoke.
May 4 - 8:15 AM

In an interview with HBO's Bryant Gumble, Russell Wilson claimed the Texas Rangers want him to play baseball.

Wilson added, "I know I can play in the big leagues." Straight out of the John Elway school of negotiation, Wilson's baseball comments are likely just a leverage ploy in his ongoing contract discussions. A .229 hitter in his short stint in the Rockies' minor-league system, Wilson does not have the bright baseball future he might imagine. Wilson will be the quarterback of the Seahawks for the foreseeable future, and the two sides should come to an agreement sometime before the start of the season.
Apr 18 - 11:28 AM

Seahawks GM John Schneider declined comment when asked if the team would contractually bar Russell Wilson from playing baseball.

"That's not something I'd get into right now," Schneider said in a radio interview. Schneider was forced to comment after Wilson recently said he hasn't closed the door on returning to the diamond. While it was certainly an interesting public admission, Wilson doesn't have the looks of the next two-sport star. He's going on 27, and underwhelmed during his time in the Rockies' minor-league system. Wilson's baseball "future" is more of a talking point than actual thing for Seahawks fans to worry about.
Apr 16 - 4:25 PM

Russell Wilson said he has not closed the door on playing both football and baseball.

There are a lot of holes in this claim. First, Wilson doesn't look like a potential star in baseball. He hit .229 with five homers and 19 steals in 315 at-bats for the Rockies' Class A level in 2010-11. Second, playing quarterback in the NFL is a full-year job -- he can't pop in and out a la Bo Jackson or Deion Sanders. And finally, Wilson is in the middle of contract talks with the Seahawks and will likely emerge with a deal that guarantees him an unprecedented amount of money. The team is sure to include a clause that the face of their franchise can't seriously play baseball.
Apr 13 - 7:52 AM

Speaking Thursday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called contract talks with Russell Wilson "ongoing."

The Seahawks reportedly want to get a deal done before camp. Mid-March reports had an agreement as "very close," but the final steps are typically the hardest. It would be a major upset if Wilson wasn't locked up long-term before Week 1.
Apr 2 - 6:33 PM

The Seahawks want Russell Wilson's contract extension done before training camp.

Considering there were reports earlier this month that the two sides were "very close," getting it done before August shouldn't be an issue. Wilson's contract is expected to be both lucrative and creative, likely with record-breaking guarantees but a lower than expected average annual number. Wilson is currently still on the four-year, $2.198 million rookie deal he signed as a third-round pick in 2012.
Mar 31 - 8:15 AM

ESPN's Terry Blount reports the Seahawks are "very close" to a contract extension for Russell Wilson.

"From what I've been told they're very close, they're just trying to make sure every single thing is in place," Blount said. "It's going to be bigger and crazier and different from what any contract has ever been." There's been speculation Wilson could give the Seahawks a hometown discount if his deal is fully guaranteed. The Seahawks want Wilson to take less money in exchange for financial stability. Seattle currently has $14.2 million in salary-cap space.
Mar 20 - 7:11 PM's Ian Rapoport reports the possibility of Russell Wilson landing a fully guaranteed deal is "very real."

Fully guaranteed deals simply don't happen in the NFL, but it could be a tradeoff between the sides if Wilson agrees to take less money. We'd still be shocked to see Wilson land a 100 percent, no-strings-attached guaranteed deal, but even guaranteeing 75 percent of Wilson's contract would be way beyond the NFL norm.
Feb 19 - 4:22 PM

Former NFL agent Joel Corry suggests Russell Wilson could give the Seahawks a hometown discount if the deal is fully guaranteed.

Only 49 percent of Aaron Rodgers' $110M deal is guaranteed and Drew Brees leads the league with $60M of his $100M guaranteed. One way the Seahawks can "think outside the box," as they said they'll do, is to give Wilson significantly less total money ($75-$85M) but guarantee just about all of it. That could satisfy Wilson and position Seattle to keep team-building toward more Super Bowls.
Feb 17 - 9:09 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Seahawks GM John Schneider hinted Russell Wilson may be willing to give the team a discount in long-term talks.

"Russell Wilson wants to win championships," Schneider said. "(And that means) thinking outside of the box a lot of times. ... He knows, he gets it. He wants to win. He wants to win for a long time." It's optimistic talk, but NFL Network reported in January that Wilson's next deal will likely make him the highest-paid quarterback in the league. Wilson's agent will do his best to steer him away from any home-town discount.
Feb 10 - 3:26 PM

Russell Wilson will reportedly make an appearance at Texas Rangers spring training once again this year.

The Rangers selected Wilson in the minor-league portion of the 2013 Rule 5 draft. Last year, he showed up to spring training for one day to do some drills and watch a Cactus League game. The Rangers like having him come in and speak to their young prospects about being a winner. This time around, he'll have to answer how one handles throwing a game-ending interception in a Super Bowl that was the most-watched television program in U.S. history.
Feb 3 - 10:17 AM

Russell Wilson completed 12-of-21 passes for 247 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception and added 39 rushing yards as the Seahawks fell to the Patriots 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.

Wilson didn't throw a pass until 14:08 in the second quarter, and didn't complete one until there were just over five minutes left in the half. The Seahawks finally got rolling on a 44-yard bomb to Chris Matthews, setting up Marshawn Lynch's three-yard score. Wilson tied the game 14-14 on a wildly aggressive decision by Pete Carroll to go for the touchdown rather than kick a chipshot field goal with six seconds left in the first half. Wilson again found Matthews, who beat Patriots CB Logan Ryan to score from 11 yards out. Wilson added a three-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin in the third quarter. On what should have been the game-winning drive, OC Darrell Bevell shockingly called a pass play at the goal line with :30 left. Wilson was intercepted by Patriots CB Malcolm Butler. It ended a magical game, one that will go down as one of the best in Super Bowl history.
Feb 1 - 10:06 PM

Russell Wilson completed 14-of-29 passes for 209 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions as the Seahawks defeated Green Bay 28-22 in overtime to advance to Super Bowl XLIX.

Wilson also added a rushing score in a contest the Seahawks trailed 16-0 at halftime. It was arguably the worst game of Wilson's career until late in regulation. Wilson entered the 56-minute mark with eight completions, and couldn't stop tossing picks. His four interceptions were just three fewer than he threw all year. Wilson did work with his legs late in the fourth quarter, however, and pinpointed two deep bombs in overtime to send Seattle to its second-straight Super Bowl. Wilson will have to be much better in two weeks in Arizona, but almost certainly will be as the Seahawks look to get a dynasty going.
Jan 18 - 6:37 PM

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