There’s been plenty of chatter regarding the contract extension for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and the latest news about that extension isn’t very good.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Russell does not intend to sign a contract extension with the team this season if he does not reach an agreement by his self-imposed deadline of midnight tonight.
It will be a challenge to get a new deal done by that deadline, though the sides are trying as talks continue, sources told Schefter.
Wilson’s contract is up after this season. If a new contract is not agreed on, the Seahawks presumably will place their franchise tag on Wilson.
Wilson showed up Monday for the start of the Seahawks’ offseason program and is expected to continue to participate in all of the offseason activities and attend training camp.
As for suggestions that the Seahawks could trade Wilson if he does not sign a new deal, there are no obvious teams willing to surrender draft picks or pay Wilson what he is seeking, sources said.
In 2015, Wilson also set a deadline for an extension, but that wasn’t until the start of training camp, and the two sides agreed on a four-year, $87.6 million deal at the last minute. After that extension, Wilson said he would have tabled contract talks and played out the final year of his rookie contract had the two sides not met the deadline.