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Seahawks, Wilson talking but making no progress

New York Giants v Seattle Seahawks

New York Giants v Seattle Seahawks

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Not long ago, in response to a report that the Seahawks and Russell Wilson were “very close” to a new deal, PFT explained that talks hadn’t even begun.

Per multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, the two sides have since started talking. However, they’re not making much, if any, progress.

There’s no immediate deadline; Wilson is under contract for 2015. But he has been paid pennies in relation to his value for the first three years of his career, and there’s a widespread sense that he deserves a new contract.

The question becomes how much will be enough? At a deeper level, the question also becomes whether Wilson is willing to undermine his team-player, nice-guy image by driving a hard bargain aimed at gobbling up cap space that could otherwise be used to keep a great roster around him? Already believed to be resented by some in the locker room, that dynamic would get even worse if Wilson’s pay were bumped from less than $1 million per year to more than $20 million annually.

It’s an interesting story to watch, and it’ll be particularly interesting to see if the Seahawks protect themselves by looking for another mid-round wunderkind who could become the next Russell Wilson, if the current Russell Wilson eventually decides to become someone else’s quarterback.