Seahawks on the verge of new deal for Russell Wilson


The Seattle Seahawks and quarterback Russell Wilson are reportedly close to completing a new deal.

It appears as if the Russell Wilson era in Seattle is only just beginning. According to reports, the Seahawks are close to completing negotiations on a new contract with their championship winning quarterback; one that could be historic on multiple accounts. The three year NFL veteran has taken his team to two straight Super Bowl appearances, winning the first back in 2014.

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The news comes fresh off the heels of a conversation that ESPN’s Terry Blount had on “Brock and Salk” via 710 AM Seattle.

Wilson, who is fresh off of his age 26 season, has been one of the league’s most efficient quarterbacks since his debut. His career passer rating of 98.6 ranks second all time (only behind Aaron Rodgers’s 106.0) among signal callers with at least 1,200 attempts.

“From what I’ve been told they’re very close, they’re just trying to make sure every single thing is in place before they go forward with this. I think it’s going to be bigger and crazier and different from what any contract has ever been,” Blount told ESPN Seattle.

There have been rumblings for a while now that any contract between the two parties could see the third round pick out of Wisconsin receive a completely guaranteed deal. While the contract could be a blessing for both Wilson and Seattle (a deal like this might provide for a little more ease on their cap), it also makes for somewhat of a gamble on the latter’s part. As seen across the NFL, a quarterback’s health and/or effectiveness is hit or miss at best when referring to the long term.

The Seahawks, who recently extended Marshawn Lynch and his compensation for 2015 (which will now sit around $15 million), have also traded center Max Unger for all-pro tight end Jimmy Graham, who is under contract for the next three seasons.

These moves appear to be part of a plan to sure up the offensive side of the ball for the team in the hopes of maintaining the gap between them are the rest of the NFC.

The addition of Graham gives Seattle arguably the greatest redzone threat in the game today, and extending Marshall makes allows for the same territorial luxury on the ground.

[H/T NBC Sports]

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