Is Russell Wilson so much of a team player that he will sacrifice some of his new money to keep the franchise reloading for a Seahawks run at a third consecutive Super Bowl?
Seattle general manager John Schneider raised the possibility today of the quarterback accepting something of a “hometown discount” below the $20 million plus per season most have assumed the only quarterback to start two Super Bowls in the first three seasons of a career is about to get. The GM confirmed he and Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, are already in negotiations on a new deal; his rookie one scheduled to pay him less than $800,000 this year ends following the 2015 season.
“I think Russell Wilson wants to win championships. We talk about being a consistent championship-caliber football team, and that means thinking outside the box a lot of times,” Schneider said on Seattle's 710 ESPN radio. “We will do that with Russell. Russell knows there are certain dominoes that have to fall in line or fall in place.
“He knows it. He gets it. He wants to win. He wants to win for a long time.”
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Schneider, of course, won’t go into the specifics of his talks on Wilson's upcoming new deal. But the GM said of the negotiations on the new contract, which some have estimated will result in Wilson getting a contract worth more than the $22 million per year Aaron Rodgers gets from Green Bay, will be unique.
Just as most of what he’s built with Carroll in Seattle has been.
“You do not just do exactly what everyone else has done around the league,” Schneider said. “I think that we’ve proven that we do things (differently).”
Here is the audio of the entire interview, with the GM's comments on Wilson at the end:
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Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews told Sherman he could heal the elbow during the offseason without an operation.