Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have yet to agree on a long-term contract extension, but the team’s starting quarterback is saying he won’t allow the impasse to be a distraction in the upcoming NFL season.
In a recent article from the league’s official website, Wilson stated that the goal is to return to the Super Bowl and that the lack of a contract extension won’t be a hindrance in that pursuit.
In recent weeks, Wilson reportedly took an insurance policy for the 2015 season to be covered if he should suffer a career-ending injury.
“That’s just being smart. If I do have to play this season (without signing-bonus cash from a new, long-term contract), that’s just being smart. That’s all that is, really. I think that’s the right thing to do,” Wilson said, according to The Star Tribune.
In the same article, Wilson said he’s hopeful that a long-term deal with the Seahawks will be agreed upon before the start of the new season.
The 26-year-old Wilson was key in the Seahawks’ Super Bowl title run in 2014 and another Super Bowl appearance in 2015. Wilson is coming off a season with a career-high 3,475 passing yards with 20 passing touchdowns, 6 rushing touchdowns and 11 interceptions—the lowest turnover rate in his three-year NFL career.