In just three years in the NFL, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has developed into one of the most hyped players in the league. Two consecutive Super Bowl trips - and one ring - will do that for you.
Such is the diminutive star's success though that, with his rookie deal ending at the end of next season, there is likely a mammoth contract on the horizon.
With growing debate about just what the Seattle Seahawks will do, and with reports yesterday suggesting there had been little progress made, General Manager John Schneider has commented on the situation. His quotes though may not be what the 12th man had been hoping to hear.
Speaking to KIRO Radio 97.3 FM, Schneider did his best to tip toe around the subject of Russell Wilson's Seattle future. He did though insinuate that, if the quarterback is going to continue with the Seahawks, he will have to sacrifice getting paid top dollar.
"(Football is the) ultimate team sport, he's our quarterback, we'd love him to be our quarterback. But the thing is, we need to keep as many of these guys together as we possibly can."
"(We have) that track record of being able to make those tough decisions. Every negotiation is unique in and of itself, and this is no different," continued the GM.
Tough talks ahead
While Schneider may just be doing his best to keep in check Russell Wilson's team who are likely seeking a pay day to rival that of fellow quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Colin Kaepernick, his focus on building a team to compete suggests that a low ball offer may be on the table early in negotiations.
"We have to be able to protect ourselves as we go and make smart decisions in trying to keep this whole thing together as long as we possibly can."
With the likes of Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin amongst other big name contributors heading for new deals there is no doubt that a monster QB contract would put their futures in the balance. At the same time threatening to destabalize the current roster that has proved so successful in recent seasons.
It looks like Wilson may have to track back from his reported $20 million per season wishes. That is not to say the superstar won't do that, it just means Seahawks fans may have to brace themselves for some length, and potentially nervy, negotiations.
What do you think Seahawks fans? Should Russell Wilson be willing to be paid less to keep the team intact? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below...
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