ESPN’s John Clayton and Jim Trotter are reporting that Seaahwks QB Russell Wilson is prepared to shut down contract negotiations with the team if they have a deal in place before the start of training camp on Friday.
According to the report, a long-term deal for Wilson remains Seattle’s “top priority.” However, Wilson doesn’t want negotiations spilling over into camp.
The Seahawks are reportedly willing to pay Wilson slightly less annually than the deal Ben Roethlisberger secured from the Steelers, which will pay him $21.85 million per year.
Sources have told Cole that Wilson is willing to come down on his demands to be the highest paid player in the NFL in return for more guaranteed money.
Seattle has reportedly offered Wilson a similar deal to the one signed by Panthers QB Cam Newton, which would guarantee him $54 million to go along with an annual salary of $21 million per year.
However, Wilson is reportedly looking for more than the $60 million guaranteed received by Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh several months ago.
Cole adds that the NFLPA could get involved in the situation at some point, and look at the funding rule that prevents teams from guaranteeing a lot of money for NFL contracts.
Over the weekend, reports surfaced that the Seahawks offered Wilson $21 million per year as part of a new contract extension.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media added that the amount of cash up front and total guarantees were two of the issues with the team’s offer to Wilson.
According to Rapoport, negotiations are ongoing between the two parties and Wilson hasn’t turned down any offer up to this point. Beyond that, Seattle hasn’t taken their offer off the table.
Wilson, 26, still has one year remaining on his four-year, $2.198 million rookie contract, which includes a base salary of $798,651 for the 2015 season.
In 2014, Wilson threw for 3,475 yards while completing 63.1 percent of his passes for 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also ran for 849 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns over the course of 16 games.
We’ll have more regarding Wilson and a potential contract extension as the news is available.