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Is this Russell Wilson demand the reason behind contract delay?

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Russell Wilson's contract situation with the Seattle Seahawks continues to rumble on, much to the frustration of the franchise's 12th man fan base. 

With just one year left on his rookie deal, and the likes of Cam Newton and Ryan Tannehill having recently signed big money extensions, Wilson's own future shows no sign of being resolved any time soon.

Part of that delay may have something to do with the demands being made by the Seahawks quarterback's representatives, Demands which, if you believe Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, are on such a scale that they are unlikely to be met by the Seattle franchise.

According to Cole, citing sources close to the situation, Russell Wilson wants to become the highest paid quarterback in the entire NFL when he does put pen to paper on a new contract.

Per the report:

"Contract demands by agent Mark Rodgers have exceeded the five-year, $110 million deal that Aaron Rodgers signed with the Green Bay Packers."

After leading the Seattle Seahawks to two straight Super Bowl appearances - coming away with one ring - Wilson is certainly in line to make big bucks after the final year of his rookie deal runs out.

However, with the Seahawks facing negotiations with several players all coming to the end of fairly low-paid deals, all of whom having been key players in their recent renaissance, financial restrictions may prohibit Seattle from handing out an NFL high sum to Wilson even if they wanted to.

Lucrative market

Some may claim Wilson is being greedy but the player's camp, according to Cole, is acutely aware that the market for quarterbacks is throwing out some very lucrative contracts and clearly they want to get on board.

Russell Wilson has more wins, and rings than any of his peers heading for (or having just signed) new deals, bar Eli Manning and Aaron Rodgers and seems unwilling to miss out on a big deal simply in order to stay at the Seahawks.

Speculation continues

Just this week, Wilson had the rumor mill turning once again when he made it clear he was comfortable moving on from the franchise after the 2015 season should it come to that.

"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."

All sides, from play to team to fans, are still hopeful of a deal but the latest report revealing Russell Wilson's demands only serves to highlight just what a difficult task they have in reaching an acceptable compromise all round.

Seahawks fans: Will Russell Wilson still be your quarterback in 2016, and should the team sacrifice other players to secure his future? Have your say in the comments below...

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