According to Florio, the Seahawks currently face the three options in regards to Wilson:
- Sign Wilson to a long-term deal
- Use the non-exclusive franchise tag on him
- Use the exclusive franchise tag on him
A league source tells Florio that the Seahawks “for now remain intent on working out a long-term deal with Wilson.”
However, Florio adds that the possibility of using the non-exclusive tag on Wilson could become more appealing if the two sides aren’t able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.
Earlier in the day, Florio predicted that Wilson will play out his rookie contract in 2015 and will suit up for a new team in 2016.
According to Garafolo, the Seahawks are offering Wilson a contract in the range of the agreement Cam Newton recently signed with the Panthers.
Newton wound up securing a five-year, $103.8 million contract that includes $60 million guaranteed and $67.6 million over the first three years of the agreement.
Sources tell Cole the contract demands from Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, would exceeded the deal signed by Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who received a five-year, $110 million a few years ago.
Cole contacted Wilson’s agent about their demands and Rodgers did not deny that this is what they’re targeting for Wilson’s next contract.
Rodgers did, however, say that he is looking to create a “relevant” contract structure for his client, which is difficult given ath Wilson is just 26 years old and the increase in salary caps.
In the end, Wilson’s agent anticipates that contracts for quarterbacks will explode in the coming years, and if Wilson gets a record-setting deal, it would likely be passed up in the coming years by the likes of Andrew Luck, Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
Robert Klemko of MMQB.com recently mentioned that he expects the Seahawks to use their franchise tag on Wilson next year, instead of working out an agreement on a long-term contract.
However, beyond that, Klemko seems to think the Seahawks will allow him to depart in free agency based on the numbers he’s heard in regards to Wilson’s asking price.
All indication continue to to point to the Seahawks franchising Wilson after the season.
Wilson confirmed that he took out an insurance policy worth millions of dollars in the event he sustains a career-ending injury this season.
While the Seahawks may not agree with Wilson’s asking price, you would have to think NFL teams would be lining up to sign a quarterback of Wilson’s caliber, seeing as productive quarterbacks very, very rarely become available in the free agent market.
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.