This last day of June means it's exactly one month before the Seahawks begin their 2015 preseason with the beginning of training camp at team headquarters in Renton.
One month for Seattle and its negotiators led by general manager John Schneider to make progress toward -- or, hey, actually get -- an agreement on a contract extension for quarterback Russell Wilson.
Then again, coach Pete Carroll said this month the Seahawks don't consider the start of training camp July 31 to be a deadline because they are willing to negotiate well into and through the season, if necessary; this deal is that important to the team. Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, said the same thing last month.
Today's non-news, as I talked about this morning with pals Nicole Zaloumis and Ric Bucher on Sirius XM Radio: Still nothing happening.
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Wilson was on ESPN this morning. Asked by reporter Marty Smith "What do you deserve?"
Wilson replied: "'I don't know. How much would you pay me, Marty?
"Ultimately, it comes down to the play. I let my play speak for itself and let the rest take care of itself. I continue to love the game for what it is and continue to fight and continue to play no matter how much I'm getting paid, no matter if it's $25 million or if it's $1.5 million. I'll be ready to go."
Already people are viewing that as Wilson hinting strongly he is seeking $25 million per year. I see it as Wilson talking in wide generalities, as he often does.
Whatever. There will be more widespread conjecture that Wilson wants to be the league's highest-paid player in terms average total value and average money per year. But that is missing the crux of these negotiations: As we've discussed here since February, it's all about the guaranteed money.
That is what's king in the NFL.
In Wilson's case, we are talking about real guarantees. Major League Baseball and NBA-style ensured, going-to-have-it money -- "guaranteed at the time of signing," in the way the NFL parses contract terms these days. Not bonuses that are due later in the contract based upon being on the roster then or playing in "x" number of games, as Marshawn Lynch got from the Seahawks this offseason as part of his two-year extension worth additional $5 million guaranteed for 2015. It's becoming more apparent Wilson through Rodgers is seeking a contract dominated by old-fashioned, signing-bonus money the QB would get up front, no matter what he does later.
That, of course, isn't how NFL teams -- including the Seahawks -- like to do business in today's restrictive, salary-cap era.
The Seahawks want financial flexibility with future bonuses due on veteran contracts years down the road, so the team can prorate those figures against future caps and renegotiate some to keep core, two-time Super Bowl players on its roster.
Pro Football Talk was among those to recently point out how the league's funding of guarantees may also be in play here.
And it wouldn't be another day of Seattle's offseason without a reminder of where Wilson's current salary rates compared to his colleagues: