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Wilson misses start of Seattle's OTAs to attend funeral with Jimmy Graham

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Seattle Seahawks suffered a devastating loss in February when they were dramatically defeated by the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.

The top brass at the Seahawks realize that Seattle only lost out to the Patriots because of a last-second play, but despite this fact an overhaul of sorts has taken place in the offseason.

Seattle made the decision to trade away center Max Unger to the New Orleans Saints but received star tight end Jimmy Graham in his place. This decision clearly shows that Seattle are eager to pass the ball more in 2015, with quarterback Russell Wilson likely to find Graham's acquisition highly beneficial for him personally.

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The real reason

Wilson is in the final year of his rookie deal and Seattle are preparing themselves to offer the star quarterback a huge deal for the 2016 season and beyond. At this stage contract talks have been slow, but Seahawks fans will be glad to know that Wilson is very much committed to his team and his new teammate Jimmy Graham.

It was revealed on Tuesday that Wilson would not be attending the start of Seattle's OTAs due to a personal matter. Naturally, the definition 'personal matter' started up a great deal of speculation about why Wilson decided to stay away, but later it was added that he had decided to join new teammate Jimmy Graham at the funeral of Graham's longtime manager and mentor, Tamara Meyerson.

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Caring for his teammate

"The news that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is absent from today’s Organized Team Activities was met by some with speculation that he’s unhappy with the status of contract talks. But that’s not the reason for Wilson’s absence," ProFootballTalk reported on Tuesday.

"Instead, a league source tells PFT that Wilson decided to travel to Miami to be with new teammate Jimmy Graham at the funeral of Graham’s longtime manager and mentor, Tamara Meyerson.

"Meyerson died on Friday at the age of 45. Her obituary names her three children and Graham as the most important people in her life.

“Tammy loved and mentored Jimmy Graham as a son. They were all always the number one priority in her life,” the obituary says."

Our thoughts go out to Meyerson's family at this time. And Wilson's decision to join Graham shows he is fully committed to the Seahawks and bonding with his new teammate.

How productive do you think Wilson and Graham will be this season? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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