After the Seahawks won the Super Bowl to cap quarterback Russell Wilson’s second NFL season, it became a given that Seattle would sign Wilson to a big-money contract as soon as he became eligible for a new deal, after the completion of the 2014 regular season.
With the Seahawks struggling (in comparison to last year) and with Wilson showing signs of regression, the Seahawks may decide to wait.
Per a league source, the team’s willingness to give Wilson a new deal will depend in large part on how the current season turns out. Miss the playoffs or get eliminated early, and the Seahawks will be inclined to wait. Return to the Super Bowl, and a new deal becomes more likely.
Whatever happens, the Seahawks will be sure to do that which is regarded as fair within the locker room. They didn’t hesitate to pay cornerback Richard Sherman or safety Earl Thomas, cognizant of the importance of rewarding those who have helped contribute to the team’s success.
Wilson definitely has contributed, but the challenge becomes pegging his value if both player and team achieve a lot less than they did last year.