It’s no surprise to read reports such as today’s from NFL.com that the Seahawks will take care of Russell Wilson contractually after this season.
It’s been known for a long time the organization would want to extend his deal as soon as they could, which is after this season when he completes the third season of his original four-year rookie contract. Seattle has been proactive throughout this regime in taking care of players as soon as they could, such as safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman.
Still, the report today from Ian Rapoport is a further indication to expect it to get done.
And Rapoport adds that the Seahawks, in making sure it gets done, are prepared to make Wilson the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, topping the $22 million a year salary of Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers.
That’s also not really a surprise. Seattle made Thomas the highest-paid safety and Sherman a contract essentially the highest of any cornerback. With the cap expected to go up again next year, salaries will increase, and as the NFL.com story notes, that’s sort of how salaries work these days to continually increase.
Interesting timing, though, to be sure on the leak of his info to the league’s official web site.
As the story notes, Seattle has been taking steps to prepare for signing Wilson — the Percy Harvin trade helped — and by all accounts is in good salary cap shape to get it done.
A few other links to pass along this morning. …
- The New York Jets are said to be in a conundrum on whether to wait for Seattle DC Dan Quinn — which could be through the end of the Super Bowl — or move on.
- Jerry Brewer says to appreciate this Seahaw’s run
- And Brewer on why Russell Wilson is better than Cam Newton.
- Jayson Jenks with a great piece on where Seattle players go in the five minutes prior to kickoff
- My preview.
- Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch.
- And Seahawks.com wraps up Friday in Hawkville.
- Lots of good Vegas-style odds and ends from PreGame.com.
- Speaking of the betting line, it’s going up this morning in favor of the Seahawks and now has Seattle favored by as much as 12.5.
- Seattle already being considered a favorite for Super Bowl 50.
- NFL.com with everything you need to know about the divisional round.
- ESPN on the Seahawks hoping to end a bad streak for Super Bowl champs.
- A Charlotte Observer columnist makes a case for the Panthers winning today.
- And the Observer with a good read on Luke Kuechly.
- ESPN’s long read this week on how the Seahawks turned themselves around at mid-season.