RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Russell Wilson provided a warning. Don’t expect him to make statements regarding his contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks until a deal is reached.
“I’m going to be the boring, cliche answer, but it’s the truth,” Wilson said following Seattle’s organized team activity on Tuesday that was open to the media. “Ultimately, I believe it will work out, hope that it does. I just take one day at a time. It’s a private matter. I don’t really talk about that kind of stuff.”
Even if Wilson said he won’t publicly go into detail regarding his contract situation, it’s the biggest item remaining on the Seahawks’ offseason agenda.
Wilson reiterated what his agent Mark Rodgers said in a radio interview last week that he is “100 percent” ready to play out the final year of his rookie contract that will pay him $1.5 million and see what happens from there.
“I want to be here for a long time, but if that’s the case I’ve just got to get ready to play,” Wilson said. “I love the game, and I love being out here with these guys and just playing and so ultimately I just take it one day at a time and just see where it takes me.”
While Seattle spent the 2014 offseason locking up the majority of its key pieces to long-term deals — Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin — the Seahawks have not found the same success this offseason. Wilson’s rookie deal expires after the 2015 season, as does the rookie deal for All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner. Michael Bennett also told The Seattle Times last week that he is seeking a new contract a year after signing a $28 million, four-year deal to remain in Seattle after the Seahawks’ first Super Bowl title.
Wilson’s contract status has been the biggest story in Seattle and the more time has passed without an agreement, the more conjecture has grown about his long-term status with the team. Even without an extension, Seattle could use the franchise tag on Wilson, even if that might not be the best fit for the Seahawks’ salary cap situation.
Wilson said he’s involved in what is going on in the contract discussions but that he’s trying to keep them as private as possible. Wilson would not talk about specific dollar figures, saying those conversations were to remain between himself, his agent and the Seahawks.
“I hope that it works, but like I said guys, I don’t talk about it. It’s just one of those things. And I’ll always be this way, so for the next 10, 15 years I’ll probably be this boring when it comes to this kind of stuff, you know?” Wilson said. “So I’m sorry about that, but ultimately it’s about coming out here and winning games and trying to be prepared for that, and that’s all my focus really has been.”
Wilson also spoke briefly on getting past the Super Bowl loss to New England when he was intercepted by Malcolm Butler at the goal line in the closing seconds. Wilson spent most of the offseason training in Southern California.
“I went down to San Diego, got away from everything, and just worked out every day pretty much. Had my personal trainer, had my mental coach down there, and we just got to work,” he said. “It’s always about the basics. Every year’s a new year, and every opportunity’s a new opportunity. Whether you win the Super Bowl, don’t win it, whatever, the belief is to continue to do everything you can to prepare as a team and an individual to make sure you can have a great opportunity and a great chance of getting there again.”
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