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April 22, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Tuesday links: Is Sherman near an extension? And more on Pryor trade

First this morning,’s Jason La Confora is reporting that the Seahawks could announce an extension with Richard Sherman sometime before the NFL Draft, which is May 8-10.

Tweeted LaConfora:

Wrote La Confora in his story:

“The Seahawks are prepared to make Sherman the NFL’s highest-paid corner — and the deal will surpass Darrelle Revis‘s $12M compensation for 2014 — the questions remains by just how much.

Several league sources anticipate the contract will be worth more than $13M a season when finalized, with the Seahawks reluctant to go to $14M thus far. The corner market has undergone a reset in recent years, with Revis’ $16 million-a-year deal with Tampa seen as an outlier. Unable to trade that contract, Revis was released and signed with the Patriots for what amounts to a one-year, $12M deal.”

La Confora also wrote:

“While it would be unfair to say a deal is imminent, it is also hardly out of the question it gets concluded in the next few weeks, with the issue a priority for Seattle, a team that must also resolve the long-term future of quarterback Russell Wilson, safety Earl Thomas and left tackle Russell Okung in the next year or so.”

Jason Fitzgerald of had this quick analysis of that news:

The Seahawks have hinted loudly throughout free agency that they hoped to have a signing or two this off-season, having accumulated roughly $15 million in cap space for the 2014 season (the latest NFLPA report shows Seattle with $14.9 million) in the attempt to get extensions for Sherman, Thomas, and then after the 2014 season for Wilson.

Sherman is due to make $1.4 million in 2014 in the last year of his rookie contract signed in 2011.

OvertheCap also has this breakdown of the current contracts for NFL cornerbacks, with Revis at the top.

Getting Sherman done before Thomas would run counter to the conventionalĀ  wisdom — as well as reports by and a few others — that the team would first take care of Thomas, who came into the league a year before Sherman. Thomas, who signed before the 2011 CBA that changed things greatly for rookies, is due to make $4.625 million in base salary in 2014. Each player will be an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

And in other news, reaction is still coming in today on the Terrelle Pryor trade.

— breaks down the trade.

— USA Today notes that Wilson is the third-highest paid QB on the team. He was last year for a time, as well.

— The San Jose Mercury News has a Raiders’ view of the deal.

— ESPN says Pryor is worth the cost for the Seahawks.

— notes Pryor was Al Davis’ last draft gamble.

— Breaking down which networks will broadcast which playoff games in 2014-15.

— ESPN notes the Seahawks have gotten younger.

— Finally, the Wilson pass to Jermaine Kearse that won the opener at Carolina is the No. 99 play on the NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 plays of 2013:


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