Russell Wilson tweets he has new deal with Seattle Seahawks


According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the Seattle quarterback is sticking to his April 15 deadline of getting a new deal done with the team. Wilson was pictured in one photo alongside defensive tackle Jarran Reed (who is also entering the final year of his contract), the Seahawks at least answering one question on the day, even if many more remained.

Wilson has given the Seahawks a deadline of midnight tonight to ink a long term deal, otherwise he will play out his current contract and force Seattle into the franchise tag game that eventually got Kirk Cousins onto the open market. That's the deadline he set for the organization to settle on a long-term contract extension.

It makes Wilson the NFL's highest-paid player. Others have stated that he wants percentages of future National Football League salary cap increases that could up his salary during an extension.

Regardless of whether he has a new contract or no, it had been expected all along that Wilson will fulfill all of his regular requirements, including the offseason training program, which began Monday and is technically voluntary.

Things aren't great in Seattle, where Russell Wilson isn't happy with his contract. But if/when April 15 without a long-term deal between the Seahawks and Wilson, the question of whether would take less from a different team becomes highly relevant to whether the Seahawks could find a trade partner, if that's the route the team chooses to take instead of paying him unprecedented franchise-tag money on a year-to-year basis. There is also a contingent of fans that don't want him to receive a salary close to $35 million per year. Meeting his demands might get Wilson and his agent back to the table after the deadline.