Seahawks expected to turn attention to Russell Wilson’s contract
Reports have said the Seahawks might be willing to make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL at more than $22 million a season.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Now that the Seahawks’ season has ended, it is expected they will begin talks with quarterback Russell Wilson about extending his contract.
Wilson just finished the third season of his four-year rookie contract, and under NFL rules he can now have his contract extended.
NFL.com, among others, has reported that the Seahawks might be willing to make Wilson the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL at more than $22 million a season. Wilson had a base salary of $662,434 this year, a bargain-basement earnings that gave Seattle much flexibility in assembling the rest of its roster. That now will change and present Seattle with new challenges in putting its team together, as general manager John Schneider said last week in Phoenix before Sunday’s Super Bowl. But the Seahawks will have no choice but to secure the future of their franchise quarterback.
As Wilson met the media Tuesday for the last time this season, though, he said none of that is on his mind just yet, and he said he hopes to stay with the Seahawks.
“To be honest with you, I haven’t really thought anything about it,’’ Wilson said. “You know, I obviously want to play in Seattle forever. That’s my goal, and I want to be with this organization. I love this organization. I love this city. I love these fans, and I love winning here.’’
Asked if it’s important for him to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, Wilson said: “No, for me I just want to keep winning. I don’t worry about all that stuff.”
And asked if he wants to make sure a deal gets done before the 2015 season he similarly said no.
“I really honestly don’t think about it,’’ he said. “I didn’t grow up with much, so for me I play the game because I have great people around me. God gave me a tremendous gift, so hopefully the Seahawks want me around forever. Hopefully that is the case.’’
Baldwin has no regrets about celebration
Receiver Doug Baldwin drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty after scoring a touchdown that put Seattle ahead 24-14 on Sunday. While celebrating the touchdown in the end zone he squatted as if he were going to the bathroom.
Baldwin said Tuesday, though, that he did not regret the actions that drew the penalty.
“I mean I was just out there having fun, enjoying the game of football,’’ he said. “The explanation, I don’t know. There’s no explanation. You play this game for so long, you go out there, you have fun. And I can get criticized all you want to — that’s fine. Everybody has their opinion. But in the moment I was just having fun, and my teammates know that.’’
• Wilson confirmed he again has accepted an invitation to appear at spring training in Surprise, Ariz., with the Texas Rangers, who selected him in 2013 in Major League Baseball’s Rule 5 draft. Wilson took part in one day of spring training last year for the Rangers, talking to players, taking some ground balls and watching a game.
Wilson didn’t directly answer if he will do the same this year, but that’s the expectation.
“I’m so focused on thinking I still have a game on Sunday,’’ Wilson said. “In terms of the Rangers, I’ll probably go down there at some point, or when or if I do, but I’m just grateful to be on this football team.’’
• Coach Pete Carroll said on his radio show Tuesday on ESPN 710 Seattle that the Seahawks have “been in the midst of negotiations for a long time for the future’’ with running back Marshawn Lynch, confirming reports that broke over the weekend. “So we’ll see how that goes,’’ Carroll said.