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"Too soon to tell" if Russell Wilson deal gets done by Monday

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4/13/2019 11:47:34 AM
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"It is still to early to tell" if a deal will get done between the Seattle Seahawks Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson before Monday's April 15 deadline according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The April 15 deadline is one that Wilson imposed himself and it is unclear just how firm that deadline is, as most teams prefer to do extensions closer to Week 1 of the regular season.  There has reportedly been some movement in the talks this weekend but not enough that it is a lock the deal will be announced on Monday.

Wilson is in the final year of his current contract.   At $33.5 million per season, Aaron Rodgers is currently the league's highest-paid quarterback and that figure would seem to be Wilson's over/under.  If a deal does not get done by Monday and Wilson holds firm to his deadline, the Seahawks have several options.  They could conceivably franchise him in 2020 and could even franchise him three years in a row but would be staring at the daunting prospect of paying Wilson $30.34 million in 2020, $36.4 million in 2021, and $52.43 million in 2022.  That is the strategy the Washington Redskins employed with Kirk Cousins for two seasons but Cousins is not really a franchise quarterback (sorry, Minnesota) and the Redskins did not want to commit to a long-term deal with him.  That is not the case with the 30-year-old Wilson, who is arguably more important to his team's fortunes than any other player in the NFL.

The Seahawks could also decide they do not want to tie up such a huge chunk of salary cap on one player and trade Wilson, either this offseason or next.  Given how hard true franchise QBs are to find, it seems almost inconceivable the team would do so but the Seahawks have never hesitated to operate differently than the rest of the league.  It still seems most likely a deal will eventually be worked out to keep Wilson in Seattle, possibly for the rest of his career.  The Seahawks gave Russell Wilson a market-value deal in 2015 and it seems likely they will do so again.  it is just a question of when.


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