According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, via Bob Condotta, the hang-up in extension talks is the amount of guaranteed money — with the Seahawks wanting to pay Wilson about what they gave Richard Sherman and Wilson’s agent wanting elite quarterback money.
The difference equals up to $20 million.
Top QBs get more than $50 million guaranteed, with Drew Brees leading the way at $60.5 million. Sherman received $40 million in guarantees in the four-year, $56 million extension he signed last year.
It has been assumed that Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, will aim for the $60 million mark, which would mean the Hawks and Wilson are $20 million apart.
John Schneider has said the Hawks would think “outside the box” on Wilson’s deal and not “do exactly what everybody else has done around the league” with quarterbacks. He also said Wilson “gets it. He wants to win. He wants to win for a long time.”
But, the devil is in the details and there seems to be a large gulf in the guaranteed money. Rather than pay Wilson along the lines of Brees, Peyton Manning ($58 million), Tom Brady and Matt Ryan ($57 million), Tony Romo ($55 million) and Aaron Rodgers ($54 million), the Seahawks are aiming more for Matthew Stafford territory ($41 million).
Hey, at least they aren’t down in the neighborhood of Colin Kaepernick ($13 million) and Jay Cutler (nothing guaranteed).
Pete Carroll told ESPN on Saturday that talks are “a little slow” but “ongoing” and indicated that the ball currently is in Rodgers’ court.
Wilson seemingly responded to Carroll’s comments with this tweet:
I’d rather patiently wait & see what God has in store than do something that isn’t best for my life. #SpiritualWisdom
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) May 2, 2015
The Seahawks would like to get an extension done before next season; but, if they remain this far apart, it could come down to using the franchise tag in 2016, which figures to be around $20 million. The Hawks clearly would like to avoid that if possible, getting a long-term deal with a lower salary cap number.
After the draft, Carroll said, “We are so excited to get Russell and keep him here forever. … but it’s a big deal, and there is a lot of work to be done.’’
About $20 million worth, it appears.