Russell Wilson was indeed at the VMAC in Renton, Washington, on Monday as the Seahawks opened their official offseason training program.
His agent, Mark Rodgers, was said to also be there, deep in negotiations with the team on a new contract with the hours ticking down to Wilson’s self-imposed deadline to get a new deal done.
Wilson is under contract for 2019, due to make a base salary of $17 million as part of a four-year, $87.6 million deal signed in 2015.
But he’d like an extension and set a deadline of Monday to get it finalized, with a report from Peter King of NBCSports.com surfacing Sunday night that Wilson will not negotiate with the Seahawks further if a deal is not struck now – not just for the rest of this year, but ever.
As Monday evening hit, sources confirmed the two sides were talking, but there was no indication whether a deal would get done.
At last one report indicated at least some hope that it might, though. Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network said Wilson’s reps and the Seahawks were “still grinding” late Monday afternoon 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.”
Regardless of whether he has a new contract or not, it had been expected all along that Wilson will fulfill all of his regular requirements, including the offseason training program, which began Monday and is technically voluntary.
And on day one, anyway, he did just that, as the Seahawks made clear in one of a series of photos released on their official web site, Seahawks.com. Wilson was pictured in one photo sitting alongside defensive tackle Jarran Reed (who also is entering the final year of his contract), at least answering one question on the day, even if many more remained uncertain.
Not pictured anywhere was defensive lineman Frank Clark, whose status also remained in question as he has yet to sign a franchise tag that would pay him $17.1 million this season while the two sides try to work out a long-term deal. Clark did not attend voluntary sessions last year, either, raising the expectation that he also won’t be around this year until his future is settled, or mandatory camps begin.
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