Russell Wilson shows up for work at VMAC as contract talks continue

Aubrey Yates
April 16, 2019

Russell Wilson won't be with the Seahawks beyond 2019 if the two sides don't agree on a contract extension by midnight Monday.

He and agent Mark Rodgers had set an April 15 deadline as the last change to address a new contract for Wilson, who was entering the final year of his current deal.

If Wilson doesn't get the extension he desires, he will still attend all training camps and activities and will play during the 2019 season. Wilson set a deadline of April 15 for the Seahawks to negotiate with him and get a new contract ironed out. When he signed that deal, he was the NFL's second-highest-paid quarterback behind Aaron Rodgers, averaging $22 million per year.

However, that doesn't mean he's free to go in 2020 - the Seahawks likely will place the franchise tag on Wilson.

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The Seahawks could make a trade like that and net several future first-round draft picks.

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.

For instance, when Wilson signed his most recent deal he was the second-highest paid player in the National Football League at $21.9 million per year behind only Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

That response glosses over the more fundamental question of whether Wilson would like for the Seahawks to let him get away. John Elway once convinced Peyton Manning to come to Denver to finish his career, and he could hit a home run for the Broncos by landing Wilson at age 30. But Tom Peliserro of the NFL Network reported that Moore will sign his contract Tuesday.

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