Window is open for new deals for 2012 draft picks

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Under the 2011 labor deal, new contracts for draft picks can be signed after three years in the league.  Technically, the window opens upon the conclusion of the player’s third regular season.

With the end of the 2014 regular season, all 2012 draft picks are now eligible for new deals.

At the top of the list is Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.  However, the Colts twice made Peyton Manning complete his entire contract before signing him to new deals.  For Luck, it’s possible the Colts won’t break the bank until he has completed his four-year base deal and the fifth-year option.

Not taken in the first round but nevertheless significant when it comes to new contracts are Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner.  With the Seahawks already extending linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive end Cliff Avril, the table has been set to focus on Wilson and Wagner.  Both surely will want new contracts, even though they’re signed through 2015.

Look for the Seahawks to try to do Wagner’s deal first.  Since Wilson’s will entail the most money, it makes sense to save the richest deal for last.  Both deserve to be paid without waiting another year.

It’s unknown whether either player currently is clamoring for a deal to be done before the divisional-round playoff game.  For the first time in their careers, the answer to “why haven’t they been financially rewarded?” is something other than “we’re prevented by the CBA from doing a new contract.”  With the injury risk squarely on the players and the Seahawks theoretically in position to sign them to new contracts, it’ll be interesting to see whether Wilson or Wagner try to get something done before they suit up to face the Lions, Cardinals, or Panthers.

Other players to watch include Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, and Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Perhaps the bigger news is that there really aren’t a bunch of 2012 draft picks who jump off the page as being worthy of getting a new contract sooner than later.

37 responses to “Window is open for new deals for 2012 draft picks

  1. The Seahawks will sign Wilson first, not Wagner. This is the smart way since the threat of a franchise tag is far more realistic for a linebacker since it costs roughly a third of that compared to a qb. But no matter, they will both be signed nonetheless. Go hawks

  2. I think Kuechly and DPoe are a couple of no brainers as well. As a Pats fan I like Hightower as much or better than CJones

  3. axx1 says:
    Jan 1, 2015 1:19 PM
    The new TV deal will allow the seahawks to keep their core players and remain a dynasty.

    As a fellow Seahawk fan, that makes no sense. NFL follows a salary cap, and while the new deal will increase the cap the cap goes up for all teams which will make it no easier for a team to keep their personel. A smart plan and the ability to consistently develop young talent is the way a dynasty is built in the post-cap nfl. Which is why we haven’t seen many dynasty’s since.

  4. Bert1913 says “russell wilson knows he needs talent around him to be successful.” All QBs know that. Why do you think that is unique to Russell Wilson? If you look at his O-line and his WRs and TEs, I’d say Russell Wilson gets it done with less than most.

  5. The colts would be morons or high on prescription drugs to piss off Luck by not taking care of him in a new contract.

  6. You have only good guys involved in these contract discussions. Russell Wilson and Bobby Wagner are first-class. Nearly all the players love Pete Carroll and John Schneider because they are straight shooters. He is limited by the salary cap, of course, but Paul Allen has the money and the inclination to spend whatever he needs to keep Wilson and Wagner (but that salary cap is increasing.)

    Wagner is going to get an extremely good contract in Earl Thomas’ range. Wilson will probably end up with $20-25 million a year (in real money, not like Kaepernick’s pretend contract money).

  7. Let’s also not forget about the Seahawks 1st round pick from that year, Bruce Irvin. He won’t be given the option because his production doesn’t match the cap number he would get, but he should, and likely will, receive an extension as well. He’s a good pass rusher, sets the edge very well at linebacker, and his coverage skills are developing. Those first 3 picks of Irvin, Wagner, Wilson were a treasure trove.

  8. Yeah the Hawks 2012 draft was legendary.

    On the other hand how was the 2012 draft for you suckers in Santa Clara…hahahaha. Baalke is a clown.

  9. alankelly2013 says:
    Jan 1, 2015 1:35 PM
    Bert1913 says “russell wilson knows he needs talent around him to be successful.” All QBs know that. Why do you think that is unique to Russell Wilson? If you look at his O-line and his WRs and TEs, I’d say Russell Wilson gets it done with less than most.

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    I wouldn’t say “ALL QBs know that” aka brees and flacco

  10. “Wilson will probably end up with $20-25 million a year”
    I hope he holds out for that type of money. Top end figures, 6 years @ $25 mill, throw in a signing bonus of, say $40 mil and he gets a contract worth in the neighborhood of $200 mill? Not happening.
    I would wager he gets, perhaps, $15 – 18 mil tops. Awful tough to fit that much under the cap and sign anyone else to a decent contract.

  11. Personally, I feel that Snyder has demonstrated the ability to work out upper mid-level, satisfying deals with the team’s talent, but not necessarily at the front end of when such deals could be done. They may well be able to ink deals for Wagner, Irvin and Wilson now, but I could easily see this stretch out a bit. IMO, the larger the contract, the later the wait will be. Irvin and Wagner may be wrapped up before this year’s post season is finished but it wouldn’t surprise me to see Wagner have to wait until the off season. If they plan on keeping Irvin tied to the team, they will probably do so sooner rather than later.

  12. Hawks will extend both with new contracts this year. It will save them the most money down the road as the major cap hit will be this year and thier plan is to keep thier guys thus FA’s will be low cost developmental fellas. The depth on this team is unreal. I see them drafting O-line first 2 rounds then a couple WR’s in the 3rd and 4th with a DB in the 5th and then thier typical suprise starters in the 6th and 7th. As Pete likes to say the program is in place and thier on it. Dynasty is only a dynasty if its got a plan and the Hawks do thanks to Paul, Pete and John. The 12’s thank you and as a 45 yr old born in the NW Hawk fan I love these guys.

  13. The Seahawks have done a masterful job with the cap and the draft. After the Super Bowl all we heard was enjoy it while it lasts because they won’t be able to keep all their young talent when they have to pay Wilson. Well, you might not have noticed but they’ve already signed all their young talent except Wilson, Wagner and maxwell. Wilson and Wagner will get done. Maxwell might not. Luckily he plays cornerback and something tells me Schneider and Carroll are pretty good at finding replacements for that position. After this year we have 3 more years with the same team in their prime. So what happened haters?? Are you just trolls or are Schneider and Carroll smarter than you? I thinks it’s both. The reason Seahawks fans talk the way they do is because we know what we have and all we hear from you haters is that we’re wrong. Luckily, we all get to watch it play out and the haters gonna keep hating while they watch the hawks dominate. Sorry but it’s true.

  14. Pats will extend Jones at least 3 more years in the off season if I had to guess what will happen with him.

  15. And people say that cutler, flacco and romo were overpaid. Just wait until Wilson gets a new contract! Then we can all sit back and see the hilarity unfold when they fail to sign the real players that make that team go.

    Of course playing in a division with the worst qb’s in the game will help to.

  16. The plan to keep the Seahawk Core Team is obvious and looks very likely to keep much of it in-tack……..As with any team, there will be changes, but it sure looks like the Seahawks will be a favorite to repeat as Division Champion for the next few years……..

    Now; keeping that team focused and level headed going into the playoffs and next season will be the coaching challenge……In Pete we trust to make that happen……..

    It is good to be a 12!

    Go Hawks!

  17. Let’s see how the Seahawks do once they have to manage a huge cap number especially if Wilson leads them to another Super Bowl win.

    It’s easy to manage your cap when your Pro-Bowl QB is making a base salary of $662k and a cap number of $817k. Let’s see how they do when those numbers are both somewhere north of $10M.

  18. I’d let Luck have another season of big time turnovers and then sign him to a deal for less money.

  19. Yeah the Hawks 2012 draft was legendary.

    On the other hand how was the 2012 draft for you suckers in Santa Clara…hahahaha. Baalke is a clown.

    Chill panthrobro! I am a Seahawks fan too but you don’t step on an opponent when they are down except maybe when you’re someone like Suh. IMO the Niners got screwed over by their front office. So leave it alone please.

  20. Wagner’s contract will probably get worked out quickly because it will be great for the morale of Wagner and the whole defense.

    But I wouldn’t think they will do Wilson’s contract until after the postseason is over. Why? Because the contract numbers will be so huge that it might create unnecessary friction on the team right in the midst of another Super Bowl run. Wait until the season is over and the defensive players have months to get over it.

  21. axx1 says: Jan 1, 2015 1:19 PM

    The new TV deal will allow the seahawks to keep their core players and remain a dynasty.

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    Of ALL the teams in the NFL…the one LEAST impacted by it is Seattle. with an owner who could purchase the entire NFL and use it for a play toy…the money issue is NOT an issue. The cap isn’t either really. The team planned for and managed their cap for this day.

  22. What about Lynch leaving next year? Don’t see any talent near his level to replace him. See how great Wilson will be when he actually has to pass for 300 yards a game not 150 and letting defense and running game do heavy lifting

  23. The Hawks have nearly all signed. Wilson and Wagner are the last two. Both will be signed to long-term deals before the draft. In fact, I believe Russell will sign a team-friendly deal to keep this team intact for many years. He’s a stand up guy who doesn’t know the word greedy.

  24. willycents says:
    Jan 1, 2015 3:07 PM
    “Wilson will probably end up with $20-25 million a year”
    I hope he holds out for that type of money. Top end figures, 6 years @ $25 mill, throw in a signing bonus of, say $40 mil and he gets a contract worth in the neighborhood of $200 mill?

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    You do know that when people throw around figures like $20-$25M a season that INCLUDES the signing bonus, don’t you? Apparently you’re the only one who didn’t know it. And to further blow your mind, by extending Wilson early, they still pay him his $1M salary next season (his original salary), but they get to add the 1st of the 5 year amoritized cost of the SB into a year where his salary is $1M. This reduces his cap figure in years where his salary is much higher, and frees up cap room for years where the salary cap is expected to grow substantially.

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