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Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson contract talks: "Hopefully we'll get something done. But if we don't, we'll just have to deal with that."

The Seahawks have announced the signings of their top draft choice, defensive end Frank Clark, plus wide receiver/kick returner and third-round pick Tyler Lockett. That means all of the team's draft picks are now signed. The 2011 collective bargaining agreement with a slotted rookie pay scale has taken all the old haggling and impasses into the summer out of rookie contract negotiations.

As for the most important talks of all right now: Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are close -- in a literal, physical sense, if not in agreeable numbers during ongoing contract negotiations.

Tuesday in Renton, coach Pete Carroll briefly addressed those talks on a new deal beyond the two-time Super Bowl quarterback's rookie one that is scheduled to pay him $1.5 million then end after this season.

"Hopefully we'll get something done," Carroll said after Seattle's first day of full, offense-versus-defense organized team activities at team headquarters.

The team's goal remains getting it done before training camp begins at the end of July.

"But if we don't, we'll just have to deal with that," Carroll said. "But we're very close -- in talking. We are very close in our conversation and our exchanging process through this. Our communication has been great."

What's been going on for months is simply an ongoing work in progress; I wrote earlier this month how the two sides are closer than has been portrayed.

I asked the coach Tuesday what he felt was the current likelihood of getting Wilson's new contract done before training camp.

"I don't know. I'm not talking about that right now," is all Carroll said about that.

Wilson was in Florida Tuesday instead of at the voluntary OTA. That was so he could be with new teammate Jimmy Graham at the funeral there for Graham's mentor and manager, Tamara Meyerson. Wilson was also trying to get to the funeral of the father of teammate Cliff Avril, Carroll said.

Carroll said Wilson's show of support by flying across the nation was the QB's idea.

"He wanted to do it," the coach said, "and I thought it was a good gesture and show of support."

Wilson and his agent, Mark Rodgers, have yet to talk publicly about the contract talks that began in earnest after Seattle's Super Bowl Feb. 1. How, from the coach's view, has Wilson been handling the situation?

"I think as much as anybody can deal with it, Russell will," Carroll said. "We've talked a lot about the process of it and all of that and the expectations.

"He's had a great offseason. He's looked incredibly in-shape and faster than ever. He's worked great on the field when he's been with us. He's really set his mind to it. The proof is in the action of what he can put out there. He's on it."

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