Mark Rodgers, the agent of star quarterback Russell Wilson, is taking a different approach in their ongoing contract negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks. Rodgers wrote the team a 16-page letter that says Wilson is open to playing with the team without an extension -- but also cites the new deal signed by Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers.
"Russell is under contract with the Seahawks. He absolutely would be fine playing his fourth year under the contract he signed coming out and then moving on from there. I don't feel any particular crunch on time or any real particular deadlines,” Rodgers wrote, as reported by ESPN.
Newton signed a five-year extension with the Panthers for $103.8 million, with $60 million guaranteed. By comparison, Wilson -- who has led Seattle to two straight Super Bowl appearances -- has a base salary of just $1.5 million for the 2015 season, owing to him being on a low rookie scale contract after being drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Previously, Wilson said in an interview that he’s willing to play out the final year of his contract in Seattle. “I’m prepared for that 100 percent, if that’s the case. You know, 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 told the Seattle Times. “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.”