Russell Wilson won't sign extension beyond midnight

Silvia Morton
April 16, 2019

If the Seahawks can't lock up Wilson to a new deal, the franchise likely will use the franchise tag on the quarterback.

It appears Seattle Seahawks fans can breathe easy, at least for now.

Quarterback Russell Wilson announced he and the Seahawks have come to a contract agreement in video posted to his Twitter account early Tuesday morning.

Rodgers recently jumped back up to the highest-paid quarterback, averaging $33.5 million per year with $103 million in guaranteed money.

In 2015, Wilson also set a deadline for an extension, but that wasn't until the start of training camp, and the two sides agreed on a four-year, $87.6 million deal at the last minute. That means his income would increase as the team cap increases.

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If Wilson doesn't get the extension he desires, he will still attend all training camps and activities and will play during the 2019 season. And, yes, under the right financial circumstances, Wilson will sign what would be a third contract in Seattle.

Throwing more fuel on that fire, one of Wilson's National Football League peers, Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu seems to believe that Wilson "wants NY".

But the Seahawks had to weigh how much to pay Wilson while also knowing they have decisions coming on Clark as well as Reed and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

The Seahawks have not officially made an announcement. There is also a contingent of fans that don't want him to receive a salary close to $35 million per year. Wilson may be trying to get a contract that ties into the cap to prevent falling behind other players who would sign larger contracts in future years.

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