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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

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

Seahawks LE Michael Bennett reported for the start of training camp on Thursday.

Bennett has been expressing displeasure with his contract since approximately five minutes after the Seahawks didn't give the ball to Marshawn Lynch in Super Bowl XLIX, but has reported all the same. Headed into his age-30 season, Bennett is set to make $6 million. Perhaps he thinks playing the good soldier will get some extra bucks kicked his way, but it's unlikely.
Jul 30 - 9:57 PM

Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor was a no-show for the start of training camp on Thursday.

Word spread Wednesday that Chancellor was considering a holdout, and it appears he's followed through. That being said, it doesn't become official until Chancellor skips Friday's practice. Chancellor is already one of the league's highest-paid safeties, but he must think the time is right to angle for a raise with FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) shaky for Week 1. ESPN's Jim Trotter has reported the 'Hawks have "no intentions" of giving in. Chancellor risks $30,000 a day in fines.
Jul 30 - 9:47 PM

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 Seahawks SS Kam Chancellor "wants more money" and is considering a training-camp holdout.

Chancellor is already the league's seventh-highest paid safety at $7 million annually after signing a four-year extension two years ago. But he wants more with the guaranteed money on his deal set to wash away next year. With FS Earl Thomas (shoulder) on the shelf for all of preseason, Chancellor may see a window to force the Seahawks to pay him. He just turned 27. ESPN's Jim Trotter reports the Seahawks "have no intentions of revisiting" Chancellor's deal.
Jul 29 - 11:57 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

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Seahawks FS Earl Thomas (shoulder surgery) hopes to be ready for the "third or fourth preseason game."

"The hope for Thomas is to be active after starting the preseason on the (active/)PUP list," Rapsheet said on NFL Network. The report comes the same day that ESPN's Ed Werder reported that Thomas' Week 1 status is uncertain. We won't have a good feel for Thomas' status until sometime in mid-August.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 23 - 8:05 PM

Earl Thomas (shoulder) will not be ready for the start of training camp and his Week 1 status is uncertain.

Thomas underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in February. The good news is he hasn't had any setbacks and is making steady progress -- it's simply a long process to recover from this procedure. If Thomas doesn't gain clearance for Week 1, he should be back sometime shortly after. He's been a first-team All-Pro in each of the last three seasons and has never missed a game in his five-year career.
Jul 23 - 11:21 AM

NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports the Seahawks have been working toward a new deal with MLB Bobby Wagner.

With little progress in Russell Wilson's contract talks, the Seahawks have turned their attention to Wagner. A top-15 inside linebacker at PFF the last three seasons, Wagner is seeking $10 million annually. Seattle could have a deal in place for Wagner before training camp
Jul 22 - 7:46 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

Seahawks LT Russell Okung plans to negotiate his own contract when he's a free agent following this season.

Okung will be 28 in October and has been a solid blindside protector (when healthy) for the Seahawks since they took him sixth overall in 2010. By negotiating this pivotal deal himself, he'll save the 3 percent standard commission. "I know my worth. I can look at the market and go directly to a team without an agent and tell that team my worth," Okung said. "And I can do so with confidence because I’ve done my research, I’ve educated myself and I’ve questioned the answers I’ve been given."
Jul 21 - 8:12 AM


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