QB Wilson won't sign after deadline

Ross Houston
April 16, 2019

He and agent Mark Rodgers had set an April 15 deadline as the last change to address a new contract for Wilson, who was entering the final year of his current deal.

Wilson said recently that his next contract could make him the NFL's highest-paid player.

Rapoport said Wilson's side and the Seahawks were "still grinding" in the hopes of getting a deal done before the end of Monday night, which he said Seattle fans should take as "a reason for optimism".

Wilson reported to the team's off-season conditioning program Monday, according to ESPN.

Wilson's post came less than an hour after his self-imposed deadline of midnight, which came and went without word from either side as to whether or not a contract extension had been reached.

The eighth-year quarterback previously set a deadline for his last extension in 2015, but it wasn't until the beginning of training camp.

The Seahawks have not officially made an announcement. The two sides agreed on a four-year, $87.6 million deal at the last minute.

Many of them have indicated that Russell Wilson wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. John Elway once convinced Peyton Manning to come to Denver to finish his career, and he could hit a home run for the Broncos by landing Wilson at age 30.

What Wilson nearly certainly wants is a contract that would top the $33.5 million per year average of Rodgers, who is now the highest-paid player in the National Football League, and/or guarantees topping the $94.5 million that Atlanta QB Matt Ryan received last year, an amount that was fully guaranteed at signing. And, yes, under the right financial circumstances, Wilson will sign what would be a third contract in Seattle. But can they live with trading away Wilson instead?

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