Russell Wilson is prepared to suit up for the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL Season without a new contract. The Seattle Times reported that the 26-year-old quarterback feels comfortable entering the new season without an extension -- and wants to be a Seahawk for years to come.
“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 answered when asked about the possibility that no extension comes before the start of the 2015 season. “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.”
Wilson added that he’s not allowing contract negotiations to be a distraction for him and that his focus is in improving his game this offseason.
“I was down in San Diego training for three months and just trying to get ready with my trainer Ryan Flaherty. That’s kind of been my sole focus for the most part,” Wilson, who helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII, said. “And trying to be a better person, too, and trying to be a better teammate, and just try to be there as much as I can and just continue to grow, you know? It’s a maturation process every day, and if I take a day of rest that’s not good enough for me in terms of just trying to continue to grow as a football player, and as a person an all those things.”
Wilson, who will enter just his fourth season in the NFL, all with the Seahawks, has made the NFL Pro Bowl team twice, in 2012 and 2013. He helped Seattle to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, after the 2013 and 2014 regular seasons.
Having been a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson’s rookie scale salary is very low compared to other elite quarterbacks in the league. He is set to earn just over $1.5 million for the 2015 season.