Friday was guarantee day for some of the Seahawks’ biggest stars.
The fifth day of the post-Super Bowl waiver period wasn’t just a good one for Kam Chancellor. On Friday, Russell Wilson, Doug Baldwin and Justin Britt had clauses in their contracts activated that guarantee portions of their 2018 salaries.
Wilson got $4.9 million of his $15.5 million base salary for this year guaranteed. That’s part of the franchise quarterback’s $87.6 million extension he signed in the summer of 2015, through the 2019 season. The price to extend Wilson beyond 2019 just spiked again this week when division-rival San Francisco signed far-less-accomplished quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a record $137.5 million contract.
Baldwin got $4.5 million of his $8.25 million salary for 2018 guaranteed on Friday. That’s from the $46 million extension Seattle’s top wide receiver signed before the 2016 season.
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Britt got all of his $7.75 million salary for this year guaranteed Friday, from the extension he signed last summer. The Seahawks have an option to pay Britt another $5 million for 2020. If they decide to exercise that the team must make their center that payment between the start of the league year March 14 and March 18, his guarantee for this year reduces to $2.75 million.
The Seahawks are believed to have about $8.2 million in salary cap space for 2018 currently, a month before free agency begins. That’s after taking out approximately $6 million the team would need to sign the eight draft choices they are scheduled to select in April.
The team’s next major offseason event is the NFL’s annual scouting combine in Indianapolis. General manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are scheduled to speak there for the first time publicly this offseason, on February 28 and/or March 1.