The Seahawks today continue their third week of organized team activities on the field in Renton, the last before their only mandatory minicamp of the offseason next week. I'll be there to
update what's going on.
With talks on an extension with the agent for quarterback Russell Wilson remaining slowed -- here's another guess at what the hangups may be and where they could end up -- Seattle has seven weeks to perhaps get at least one of its contractual goals done before training camp begins.
Like Wilson, Wagner is going to have his rookie deal end after the 2012 season. Because, like Wilson, he was not a first-round pick in 2012 (second round, out of Utah State), Wagner cannot get a fifth-year option from the team for 2016. Wagner is scheduled to earn $977,427 this coming season.
The Seahawks are likely to offer what they have to other, young team-core guys in the recent past: A signing bonus and some guarantees up front while keeping this year's base salary the same (meaning low and cap-friendly), with a big spike in pay beginning next year.
How big? Here's what Wagner's California-based agent David Dunn will be comparing his client to in these talks with the Seahawks (figures are from overthecap.com):
Given he is negotiating coming off a season in which he was first-team All-Pro despite missing five games with turf toe, Wagner will likely be seeking at least a top-five deal from this list. That means $8-9 million or more per season.
Not the $20 million or so Wilson may eventually command, but enough where the Seahawks want to get at least one of them done before the end of July.
By the way, Wagner is currently way, waaaay down the above list of top-paid inside linebackers, at 47th in the league. That's two spots lower than Heath Farwell in average money per year, and Farwell isn't even playing this year. He is unofficially "retired" after spending 2014 injured and helping Seattle's special-teams units.