Cole mentions that Wilson’s previous agent, Bus Cook, happens to be the guy who negotiated Cutler’s seven-year, $126.7 million contract with the Bears a few years ago.
According to Cole, this is considered to be “the starting point” for negotiations between the Seahawks and Wilson. Interestingly enough, Cole mentions that Cook informed Wilson upon his decision change agents that he should not accept a similar deal to the contracts signed by Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton, and should instead focus on getting at least a similar deal to what the Bears paid Cutler.
Wilson’s new agent, Mark Rodgers, is reportedly under a great deal of pressure with this negotiation from within the agent community given that they do not want him to agree to another pay-as-go type of contract that would further at to the precedent set by the Kaepernick and Dalton contracts, according to Cole.
There have been recent reports that have said the two parties are far a part in their current negotiations. However, Greg Bell of the News Tribune downplayed this notion this past weekend.
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 the Seahawks and Wilson as the news is available.