The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson are not close on a new contract this offseason and the sides may not agree by training camp and this comes as Bobby Wagner could get a contract extension before the workout schedule begins, while safety Earl Thomas could miss camp and may not be healthy for Week 1 of the 2015 season.
Wilson and the Seahawks have been negotiating all offseason and the way things stand now it appears the two sides will not work out a deal. According to the Seattle Times, Wilson will end negotiations once training camp begins and that means time is running out for a deal to get done. Wilson is in the final year of his contract and is making over $1 million for the first time and he does not have a fifth year option like RG3 or Andrew Luck since he was not a first round pick.
Wilson is looking to be one of the highest paid players in football and it comes after he has had wild success in his first three seasons. Wilson has been to the playoffs each year as a starter and has won one Super Bowl while appearing in two championship games. Wilson is looking for a deal worth over $100 million and the Seahawks reportedly offered him an extension worth $80 million over four years. The team could use the franchise tag on Wilson next offseason if the sides can't work out a deal.
In other Seahawks contract news, linebacker Bobby Wagner could be getting a new deal before training camp. According to NFL.com, the Seahawks and Wagner are "making progress" on a new contract and there is a chance the sides get it done before workouts begin. The report says that the teams opened up talks in June and now they could get a new deal in with Wagner set to make less than $1 million on his rookie contract. The team did not pick up the fifth year option on Bruce Irvin and that makes Wagner even more important to the defense.
The Seahawks defense could be without one of its best players in camp, as Earl Thomas is coming back from a shoulder injury and could miss time. According to ESPN.com, Ed Werder reports that Thomas is "unsure" about when he will be back after having surgery to fix a torn labrum in his shoulder and he could be out to start the season. The Seahawks open the season with the Rams and there are still about two months until the first game, giving Thomas time to heal up for the opening week.
Thomas and Wagner are key players for the defense and the contract extension is a priority for the Seahawks moving forward. The contract with Wilson could take some time and if the sides do not agree to a deal, things could be set up for another offseason showdown. Wilson has tried to stay above the fray when it comes to public comments about the deal and he comes in after throwing for a career best 3475 yards last season and a career low seven interceptions.