Report: Russell Wilson contract negotiations will end when training camp opens

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July 30th is the day players will report to training camp for the Seattle Seahawks.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, that is also the day long-term contract discussion will end between the team and quarterback Russell Wilson. Per Rapoport, the negotiations will end as soon as Wilson steps onto the team’s practice field as he wants to shift his focus to the 2015 season. At that stage, Wilson will likely be headed toward a franchise tag situation for 2016.

Wilson is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract, which is scheduled to pay him $1.54 million this season.

Head coach Pete Carroll said the two sides are working toward striking a deal and hope to get something done.

A deadline can have positive implications toward getting a deal done. Justin Houston, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas all had long-term deals come together on the final day of the negotiation windows for franchise players. It may spark the two sides to close the gap in negotiations before the Seahawks get their 2015 season rolling in two weeks time.

35 responses to “Report: Russell Wilson contract negotiations will end when training camp opens

  1. I so hope the Seahawks low ball him and he returns home to play for the Redskins. I regret ever doubting that Wilson could be an nfl starting qb.

  2. Wilson is a fool if he doesn’t hold out. He was not a 1st rounder so his contract is a joke for a guy who has started as many games as he has, nevermind a guy who took a team to 2 straight Super Bowls.

    Seattle knows that Wilson is now overrated. They know they win because of the run game and defense and while Wilson is good, he’s not irreplaceable .

    This is why Wilson must force their hand now. Right now they are a Super Bowl team and they can’t afford the fan backlash if they did not sign Wilson.

    They likely won’t make the Super Bowls for a 3rd straight year. That could allow Seattle the wiggle room to draft a replacement next year and let Wilson walk.

  3. Hearing he turned down 54 million guaranteed. I’m hoping we franchise him instead next year. Extend wagner and sweezy instead

  4. I don’t believe this for an instant. The Seahawks are not one of those organizations that arbitrarily end contract negotiations just because the season starts. Just last season they agreed to terms with contract extensions for Cliff Avril and KJ Wright in the middle of the season. There may be a break for a breather between the front office and Russell Wilson’s representatives when training camp opens, but they’ll continue negotiating throughout the season at some level until something gets done.

  5. I’m guessing the majority of football fans are sick and tired of hearing about Russell Wilson’s contract talks including Seahawk fans.

  6. the way I read the situation, these two sides are far apart. I’m sure Seattle would love to keep Wilson, but they arent going to pay him the highest paid salary in the sport, nor should they. Wilson is a good player, a top half league quarterback, but a team carrying top tier top 5 guy, not even close. He’s bordering on being top 10. Easily top 15. Sorry Mr Wilson, when you’re top 15 at your position, thats not worthy of the highest contract in the sport. Dont care that you were under center for 2 super bowl games. that stellar all world defense being #1 three years in a row with Lynch being the offensive cog were what was the engine running that bus, you were just told to keep it on the road. Good player, but quickly becoming over rated based on team success.

  7. I would be very leery about signing someone to a long term contract that speaks to God. These born again, everything is about God people are scary. Who does that? Brady, Manning, Luck? Seems like he may have a screw loose.

    Nothing against worshiping God, but he seems a little too obsessed and he might have some mental probs in that regard.

  8. Better hope he gets a deal before lynch is done. Russell isn’t elite. Those that say he won a SB. So did Trent Dilfer. But Russell also lost a SB.

  9. Don’t jump to conclusions lemmings!! When all this started smart football people said don’t listen to any nonsense until camp. Happens every year. Dez, D. Thomas, Justin Houston got done right before their deadline as franchise tagged players. Fourth year rookies don’t have a deadline specifically except that if they don’t get done by camp
    Or maybe the start of the season than they’ll wait till next year. And even then they will have the deadline those mentioned franchises guys had this year. So listen up conspiracy theorists and sky is falling lemmings. The true deadline will be July 17thish of next year for an actual Wilson/Seahawks problem. With deadlines this year that can forego the possibilities of next years deadline. Anything else you say or hear is stories to fill are time or haters putting out their self motivated theories. Sorry to rain on everyone overreaction parade.

  10. pppath says: Jul 17, 2015 5:55 AM

    I would be very leery about signing someone to a long term contract that speaks to God. These born again, everything is about God people are scary. Who does that? Brady, Manning, Luck? Seems like he may have a screw loose.

    Nothing against worshiping God, but he seems a little too obsessed and he might have some mental probs in that regard.
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    You shouldn’t question someones sanity just because someone “talks ” to god.

    Now if that person is saying “god” is talking to him on a regular basis? Well…..

  11. So sick of every other story being about this guy or some other so-called superstar positioning themselves to receive another gaudy contract with obscene guaranteed money. They are all contributing to the eventual point when the NFL collapses on its own greed. Nearly all of the single game tickets end up in the hands of brokers at 2 -3 times face value, which prices normal fans (like me) out of the market. Face value and concession prices are outrageous already, yet the owners get richer and you and I build them new stadiums. Screw your big payday contracts and guaranteed money. I miss the days when guys played because they LOVED it.

  12. arrogantnation says:
    Jul 17, 2015 1:47 AM
    Go pull a Flacco and win the Super Bowl in a contract year and then you’ll get your money.
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    He ALREADY won a SB so that makes no sense whatsoever and maybe would have won another if not for a bad call and great play by the Pats. Getting to the playoffs 3 years in a row, 2 NFC Championship game wins, 2 SBs, 1-1 is better than most of these QBs getting paid that have done NOTHING!

  13. titimium says:
    Jul 17, 2015 7:50 AM

    He’ll get a call or text message from God telling him what to do.
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    after training camp starts

  14. So the Bronco and R-word fans want to steal him for their own teams…good to know.

  15. It’s a shame. RW wins a Super Bowl, absolutely no trouble on the field or off, represents Seattle very well clean cut…and now its Seattle’s turn and they still need more proof! Really?! There are QBs in the league who is paid more and has done less. PAY THE MAN!

  16. Screw the Seahawks and Russell Wilson along with that region and the fans. I for one hopes this drags on and ruin their season so we can laugh and post after every loss such as the way those fans did my niners last season all season long. I for one can’t wait. Until then YouTube is wonderful watching the final seconds of the Bowl watching the collective hearts get a Jhonny Cage shadow kick leaving the heart quivering in a bloody pile on the floor. What a view. Long live Mr. Malcolm Butler.

  17. >.It’s a shame. RW wins a Super Bowl, absolutely no trouble on the field or off, represents Seattle very well clean cut…and now its Seattle’s turn and they still need more proof! Really?! There are QBs in the league who is paid more and has done less. PAY THE MAN!

    Pay him how much?
    22M – done.
    25MM/year – I guess so, since the alternative is to spend years and draft picks searching for a replacement.

    More -? We don’t really know what he is asking for, so it’s hard to form an opinion.

  18. I’m a spiritual man, but this guy claims God talks to him so much it reminds me of that scene in Real Genius where they hide a transmitter in a guy’s braces. Pete Carroll might actually be trying to drive him insane for that INT – we’ll know if a giant ball of popcorn explodes in his house.

  19. RegisHawk says:
    Jul 17, 2015 9:10 AM

    So the Bronco and R-word fans want to steal him for their own teams…good to know.
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    that’s until they don’t get him. then, they’ll have never wanted him.

  20. It is funny reading all the stupid comments about “he is not elite”. Of course he is not elite. There are 2 QB’s left in the NFL that are “elite” and they are Rogers and Brady. The pay scale calls a lot of QB’s elite. That being said Wilson and his agent are dumb if they don’t take a decent deal now and tear up the last year of his contract and get the signing bonus.

    The comments of “great running game and defense” are stupidity at the highest level. Montana, Aikman, Bradshaw and every other all time great QB are great because of a good team around them. Favre never won until the defense was very very good. Marino never went far because he had a poor defense and running game. Brady has been surrounded by a great team and good running games. Just stop with the “Wilson is not elite” foolishness. He is a top QB in the league and only Luck is the other young QB in the same class as Wilson. Cam Newton? LOL! Ryan Tannihill? LOLOLOL!

    And I am a Jags fan that had the worst QB in the league last year and hope he turns into something at all. He looks closer to Gabbert than Wilson.

  21. “That being said Wilson and his agent are dumb if they don’t take a decent deal now and tear up the last year of his contract and get the signing bonus.”

    That is actually what they would like to do and the Seahawks are having no part of it. They have him for $1.5 million this season and plan to keep it that way. Why would they increase this year’s payroll by $20 million or so if they don’t need too? They would like to give him an extension that keeps him where he’s at and gives him the big bucks next year. Next off season with a new deal or the franchise tag is when he’ll get paid.

  22. They were willing to get a deal done with Wilson this year, but things have dragged out too long. There are other people that need to be signed and you can’t leave that on hold because of one contract negotiation. The Seahawks have already stated that they started talks with Bobby Wagner’s people, so you could hear that they’ve signed him before Wilson. It’s not so much a question of staving off paying Wilson until next year as it is a question of “we have other things that need to get done – we can’t wait any longer”.

    There’s a chance this ephemeral “Training Camp deadline” will cause a resolution, but I doubt it – it’s not really a deadline, so any urgency ascribed to it is in the eye of the beholder only.

  23. Carroll and Schneider are no fools, they know what they’re doing and so does Russell for that matter. He will be a hawk for life and win 3-5 superbowls on his way to the HOF. They are just trying to juggle a lot of talent and contracts on one team, they always had a plan and they’re sticking to it.

  24. Good…full faith in PC and JS. Let him play out his deal, then see how it goes. Franchise him next year, and then see where he is then.

    Managed the game well in clutch situations, no doubt, and his x factor is when he’s starting using his legs to get first downs (especially last year, only in 2nd half of games) he’s tough to totally shut down.

    But the star of the team is the defense…this team took the next step when they got a pass rush (getting Bennett, then Avril) to force QB’s to throw it into the LOB or the young LB’s, a couple years ago.

    Difference between $15m and $25m is 2 above average defensive players that can be coached up (just as the jump from $1m to $15 would be 2 more similar players).

    PC and JS have to take a hard look at that sort of situation.

  25. Wilson has given SEA about 75 million in production for around 6 million dollars. I’m sure he’s hoping they factor that in when deciding his next contract. But knowing NFL teams, they won’t. Unfortunately for SEA, Wilson will have the best weapons of his career this season. His numbers should be much better. And God forbid he gets them to a SB then they will wish they had given him the $25 million per he seeks. If I’m Wilson once camp starts not only will I not negotiate for this season but I’m done with SEA period. I play out two more franchise years and take my skills elsewhere when someone will be willing to pay me for my prime years what I want/deserve.

  26. cadlow says:
    Jul 17, 2015 6:46 AM
    pppath says: Jul 17, 2015 5:55 AM

    I would be very leery about signing someone to a long term contract that speaks to God. These born again, everything is about God people are scary. Who does that? Brady, Manning, Luck? Seems like he may have a screw loose.

    Nothing against worshiping God, but he seems a little too obsessed and he might have some mental probs in that regard.
    ——————————————————-

    You shouldn’t question someones sanity just because someone “talks ” to god.

    Now if that person is saying “god” is talking to him on a regular basis? Well…..
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    Anyone that says that God talks to them is totally crazy and not to be trusted.

  27. floridascuba1 says:
    Jul 17, 2015 6:12 AM
    Better hope he gets a deal before lynch is done. Russell isn’t elite. Those that say he won a SB. So did Trent Dilfer. But Russell also lost a SB.
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    Okay, let me do the math on this one…1 plus 1 = 2 IN A ROW!!!

    Go for a swim Florida!

  28. Does any of us really know what Seahawks have offered or what Wilson’s agent has asked? It’s all speculation.

    Wilson’s stats, other than wins, are not prolific. That is a function of the coach’s approach. Over the last 3 years, no QB has more game winning drives than Wilson. He has led the league in 2013 and 2014. If the Defense hadn’t given up late go ahead scores in 2012 against Lions and Falcons he would have also tied for the lead that year. In 2012 after the team went 4-4, he led them to go 7-1. In 2014 after going 3-3, he lead them to a 9-1 run to secure home field.

    After throwing 4 picks (some bouncing off of receivers hands) against GB and having his clock run, he puts it behind him and plays brilliant ball. If the D hadn’t let Atlanta back Seahawks would have played SF for Conf Championship and he pasted the 49ers 42-13 in the month earlier game.

    In 2014, in the 19 games, Seahawks were down in 14. His record was 9-5 (including the SB loss).

    You may think him crazy, false, egotistical, mediocre, self-promoting BUT he wins. Remember, he wasn’t the one who let in 14 points in Q4 in the SB or the one who dropped the perfect long pass at the 20 late in the 3rd Q which changes the whole complexion of the game.

    Yes he has a great D behind him; a top 5 running back and a coach he plays smash mouth FB limiting his stats. It doesn’t mean he isn’t great or deserving a top 5 spot. There are very few GMs who wouldn’t want him if he became available.

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