Per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the two sides have since started talking. However, they’re not making much, if any, progress.
There’s no immediate deadline; Wilson is under contract for 2015. But he has been paid pennies in relation to his value for the first three years of his career, and there’s a widespread sense that he deserves a new contract.
The question becomes how much will be enough? At a deeper level, the question also becomes whether Wilson is willing to undermine his team-player, nice-guy image by driving a hard bargain aimed at gobbling up cap space that could otherwise be used to keep a great roster around him? Already believed to be resented by some in the locker room, that dynamic would get even worse if Wilson’s pay were bumped from less than $1 million per year to more than $20 million annually.
It’s an interesting story to watch, and it’ll be particularly interesting to see if the Seahawks protect themselves by looking for another mid-round wunderkind who could become the next Russell Wilson, if the current Russell Wilson eventually decides to become someone else’s quarterback.