The clock is ticking on the Seattle Seahawks to sign Russell Wilson to a long-term extension before he enters the final year of his rookie deal.
Set to count just $1.7 million against the cap in 2015, Wilson is slated to receive a rather large payday in the not-so-distant future. If the two sides cannot come to a solution on an extension, the Super Bowl-winning signal caller will likely have the franchise tag placed on him next March, which would guarantee him over $20 million for the 2016 season.
For the record, Wilson doesn’t seem to be too worried about his deal.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to win a lot of games at such a young age and to be able to play with some great guys and have some great comeback wins and win a Super Bowl, and go to back to back Super Bowls.” Wilson said, via the Everett Herald. “It’s been special. So that’s what I focus on. I focus on the next opportunity that I have. The rest will come. I believe God is going to bless me. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I trust always. And I trust it’s going to work out the way it’s supposed to.”
There was some talk towards the end of this past season that Wilson would receive the largest contract in league history when the year concluded. That talk has since subsided.
One thing is readily apparent. Any thought that Wilson would take a contract structured similarly to division-rival Colin Kaepernick can be thrown out the window. The six-year, $114 million extension San Francisco’s quarterback signed last June called for $61 million guaranteed. However, those guarantees are given on an annual basis and the 49ers can get out from under Kaepernick’s contract prior to April each year without a cap hit the following season.
Instead, there’s been talk that Wilson may in fact be looking at a fully guaranteed contract, which would be the first of its kind on a long-term deal.