QB leapfrog: Wilson will make another jump in 2019

Wilson signing contractQuarterback contracts are just a game of leapfrog, so it’s no surprise to see Derek Carr jumping over Andrew Luck as the highest-paid passer in the NFL.

It’s easy to see where the market is going — a few more guys will leap Carr before the Seahawks and Russell Wilson start talking extension in a couple of years.

At least four more deals are likely to exceed Carr’s $25 million a year, and the APY could be around $30 million by 2020.

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How the roster looks as summer starts

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson plan to be clapping about their offense a lot this season (Getty Images)The Seahawks embarked on their summer vacation in high spirits — all the apparent negativity of last season and this offseason seemingly dissolved in a big pool of love and happiness. And they seem very focused.

As the Hawks conducted their minicamp last week, we heard nothing but positive things from Seattle’s top defenders. Earl Thomas is healthy again, in mind and body. Kam Chancellor has polished up his once-dented leadership armor. Richard Sherman sounded like a team player again. And Michael Bennett is physically lighter but still philosophically heavy.

The players seemed of one accord, ready to get back on the Super track. And Pete Carroll said his team is as mentally sharp as it ever has been heading into summer.

“I think we had our most compliant OTA season and really proud of that, finally,” he said, referring to penalties levied against his club for overdoing it in past years. “Old dog, new tricks, man. It was hard. But we finally figured it out. And, in doing so, we were able to up the reps that we got on guys.

“I think we’re the smartest we’ve been coming out of this camp in any of the past years. We’ve had the most situation work. We’ve had the chance to put guys in all variety of spots that they have to think and make decisions and choose how they play and fit in with us. So we just feel like we’ve made a lot of movement forward. We have a lot of stuff to get done in camp that does not fit this time of year. This is OTA football. Not real football. That will come.”

Before it does, let’s take a look at how the roster stands …

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Sounds like Carroll would love to extend Graham, too

Jimmy Graham catches a pass on Day 4 (Seahawks via Twitter)The Seahawks have three players to consider extending in the next few weeks — or even months — and Pete Carroll sure made it sound like they plan to extend at least a couple of them.

In addition to his comments this week about wanting to re-sign Kam Chancellor, Carroll was effusive in praise of Jimmy Graham on Thursday — a sign that the Hawks do indeed plan to keep the star tight end beyond this coming season.

Graham made an amazing return from a torn patellar tendon last year to set team records in catches (65) and yards (923) by a tight end. He would have been the NFL comeback player of the year if not for Jordy Nelson’s stellar return from a torn ACL.

Two years after the Seahawks acquired Graham in a surprise blockbuster deal with New Orleans, the tight end finally has a full offseason with Russell Wilson. And Carroll is stoked about it.

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Michael Bennett and Richard Sherman both backed Russell Wilson in the wake of rift reports.

Bennett also shared more of his life philosophies (most of which make great sense).

Sherman came across as happy and ready to be a team player again.

Sherman’s attitude was one of several reasons Pete Carroll called it a “very successful offseason.”

Carroll said Jimmy Graham and Earl Thomas were the most impressive players this offseason.

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Back in action, Earl & Kam talk contracts

Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor are back. The big question: For how long?

The Seahawks’ two defensive leaders returned to action Tuesday as the Seahawks started a short minicamp, and both were a sight for fans’ sore eyes — Thomas at a self-described 80 percent coming back from a broken leg and Chancellor back from double ankle surgery.

It’s a great sign for Seattle’s defense in 2017 — and potentially beyond. The futures of both safeties were hot topics after practice, with Thomas hinting he plans to play well beyond the last two years of his deal and Chancellor and Pete Carroll both addressing a possible extension for the strong safety this offseason.

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Can Seahawks overcome this dysfunction?

Logo -- OTAsPete Carroll says Seattle’s “locker room is in great shape” and the Super Bowl XLIX debacle “isn’t an issue to us at all,” but there’s way too much smoke to think that fire has been entirely extinguished.

Warren Moon is among those who think the Hawks will never win another Super Bowl as long as they continue to have so much discord. But the Seahawks — Carroll, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin, et al. — say they can win even though Richard Sherman and some other defenders apparently have issues with Carroll and Wilson.

So which perspective is right? Can they overcome the dysfunction to win another title? Or do they need to get rid of Sherman and any other major malcontents to have a shot?

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Let’s move on from the YCK bug

Logo -- Free agencyCall it the YCK bug. This whole Colin Kaepernick drama is as much a non-issue as Y2K was.

Kaepernick was never going to challenge Russell Wilson for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job — he’s simply not good enough — and Pete Carroll decided the controversial former 49er was not a fit for Seattle even as a backup.

Whether Carroll didn’t think he fit Seattle’s offense or whether the coach simply didn’t feel like adding more potential drama to a locker room already teeming with it, he made the right choice.

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