This is likely to be the biggest story in Seattle until it's resolved. Here's Rob Staton's taek.
- His 2015 deal set a precedent
he Seahawks and Wilson last began negotiating a contract extension after the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots. A deal was expected to be a formality. Other quarterbacks like Cam Newton had set the market. Wilson was due a base salary of only $1.5m in 2015 because he was still on a third-round rookie contract.
Everything was set up. Wilson no doubt sought proper financial compensation having reached two Super Bowls (winning one). The Seahawks wanted to keep a young franchise quarterback. The market had already provided the parameters for a deal.
And yet it took months for an extension to be agreed.
- Why the odds are stacked against Seattle
Wilson is now one of the richest and most successful NFL players in the league. Furthermore, he’s married to an incredibly wealthy and successful woman — forming a celebrity power couple.
His base salary in 2019 is $17m — not $1.5m. There’s simply no financial pressure to get a deal done this time.
Adding to this is the Kirk Cousins situation. Previously the franchise tag was seen as a hindrance to players. It was a way to get a nice lump sum (guaranteed) for a years work — yet the lack of long term security was seen as a problem. Cousins completely changed the perception of the tag. He gambled on his own health and performance and made considerably more than most other quarterbacks by playing on the franchise tag year after year. And when the increasing cost became too rich for the Redskins — they allowed Cousins to test the open market.
Cousins had his cake and ate it.
- How can the Seahawks gain any kind of leverage?
It’s really, really simple…
Draft another quarterback.
Not a seventh round pick either. Someone who they can realistically point to in a negotiation.