Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson announced during his football camp in Madison, Wi. on June 27 that he wants to be with the team for a "really, really long time."
Russell Wilson wants to be with the Seattle Seahawks for a long time.
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Wilson made the revelation to reporters (via CBS Sports' Will Brinson) during his Russell Wilson Passing Academy in Madison, Wi. on June 27. He said he wants to be with the Seahawks for a "really, really long time."
Wilson is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with Seattle. It remains to be seen if the Seahawks will dangle the mega deal everyone is expecting before the 2015 NBA season.
"The contract will work itself out," Wilson told the media at his Wisconsin football camp. "I'm excited about it and I'm excited about hopefully be a Seattle Seahawk for a really, really long time. So that's the goal."
On June 27, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported on June 25 that Wilson wants to be the NFL's highest-paid player.
His agent, Mark Rodgers of Athlete Frontline Management, told Cole last Thursday he wants a "relevant" deal for his client, who expects to be paid more than fellow quarterbacks Andrew Luck, Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
A June 22 report from ESPN's Terry Blount says Wilson is believed to be looking at a five-year deal worth $110 million.
On the same day the Bleacher Report story broke out, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said Wilson wants "a considerable portion" of his new deal to be fully guaranteed. He wants this portion to be bigger than the usual veteran contracts.
Florio says the bigger issue at hand is not the guaranteed purse Wilson is requesting, but the NFL's funding rule "which requires almost every penny of any future payments guaranteed for skill, injury, and cap to be paid into escrow upon signing."
Florio's sources say Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who can afford do this, chooses not to just yet. It remains unclear why he's made this decision.
The funding rule was meant "to protect players from owners who lack money to honor guaranteed payments," per Pro Football Talk.
Wilson told 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, N.C. (via Blount) -- the same town where he spent his first three years as a college football player with the North Carolina State Wolfpack -- he has gone through his share of adversity when asked about his impending contract negotiations with Seattle:
"At the end of the day I trust the process. I know God's going to take me and put me where he wants to have me. I hope that's Seattle. I love it there, it's a great place.
"But I've gone through the ups and downs and been moved around before. I loved NC State and loved playing there and then having to go somewhere else and start new."
Blount stresses Wilson's message implies he's ready to play for another team if his contract situation with the Seahawks does not get resolved. Wilson's fourth year on his rookie contract is for $2.99 million with a guaratneed $1.54 million.
Seattle can also opt to put the franchise tag on Wilson next year, which would cost $23 million for the 2016 NFL season.
In another development, Wilson told Blount on June 26 he is motivated by the Seahawks' 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, where he threw a goal-line interception as time was winding down:
"I think it's a motivating factor for sure. But I don't think it's the ultimate one. I think when you're an ultimate competitor, it comes down to we want to go out there and dominate as much as we can in every game. That's just our mindset.
"So win or lose, we overcome things and we're used to that. Our personalities, our experiences as young men, every guy can find something they've overcome. That's our mentality."
The 26-year-old Wilson has thrown for 9,950 yards, 72 touchdowns and 26 interceptions on a 98.6 passer rating in three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. He has also rushed for 1,877 yards and 11 touchdowns during that span, per ESPN stats.
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