The contract negotiations between the Seattle Seahawks and their star quarterback will end when training camp begins, according to a report. The Seahawks will open camp July 31, which means Seattle and Wilson will have less than two weeks to finalize a long-term contract.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported the development, claiming both sides seems to have established the “finish line” in the contract negotiations and that Wilson would rather “concentrate on football, his teammates, his play” than the contract dispute.
“According to people who have worked with agent Mark Rodgers, his history with high-profile, big-money deals shows that to be the case,” Rapoport wrote. “If Rodgers continues to do business the same way he always has while representing baseball players, each day closer to free agency means decreased likelihood of a deal before Wilson is free."
The contract negotiations reportedly began when last year's Super Bowl ended. Wilson, who is one of the most underpaid players in the league, is owed just $1.54 million for the 2015 season if no new deal is reached. He has repeatedly said he is prepared to play out his contract with the Seahawks even if there is no long-term contract.
Wilson reportedly expects a deal similar to those of other top quarterbacks in the league. The biggest deals currently belong to the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers ($22 million), Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger ($21.87 million) and Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton ($20.76 million).