The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have not been able to come to a contract agreement this offseason and with a deadline of training camp coming to get an extension done, reports have the two sides unlikely to reach an agreement and that could make the quarterback a target for the franchised tag come next offseason.
Wilson reportedly does not want to negotiate a deal once training camp starts and that leaves just hours ahead of when the Seahawks report. According to Jason La Canfora at CBS Sports, the Seahawks and Wilson are "not making much progress" and getting a deal done at this point looks unlikely. The Seahawks have reportedly offered Wilson over $20 million per season, but ESPN.com reports that "upfront money" is one of the sticking points for the QB.
UPDATE: Wilson has signed an extension for a new deal: "Peter King @SI_PeterKing agoRussell Wilson and the Seahawks have agreed to a 4-year, $87.6-million extension, per source."
La Canfora writes that the Seahawks are offering a "very strong deal" compared to what has been given out by the team in the past, but Wilson wants to be among the highest paid players in the league. Pro Football Talk reports that the latest offer has "significant guaranteed money" but since there is not agreement clearly there is more that Wilson is looking for. Aaron Rodgers gets paid $22 million per season and Wilson may want to be in that range.
Cam Newton got a new extension and made $30 million up front and that could be what Wilson is looking for. Wilson and the Seahawks appeared to be close to an agreement earlier in the offseason, but those reports ended up being wrong. The Seahawks reportedly offered a four year deal worth $80 million to Wilson, but he was looking for more in the $100 million to $120 million range.
Some have suggested that Wilson is not worth the money, but in the first three seasons of his career he has made it to the playoffs and won a Super Bowl while appearing in two of those games. Wilson has put up strong numbers and while they may not be like Rodgers, he has increased his passing yards in each season and has had a steady 63 percent completion rate the past two years. Wilson had 26 total touchdowns this season and a career best 849 rushing yards and he comes in after putting up fewer interceptions in each of the last three successive seasons.
Wilson has shown that he can lead his team to the Super Bowl and now he wants to get paid. Wilson comes in with one year left on his deal, as he was a third round pick and does not have a fifth year option like other first round QBs. If Wilson hits the market, he could get some big offers, but the Seahawks likely will use the franchise tag on him.