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Morning links: Wilson looks to avoid sophomore slump

In my story today, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson offered a predictable response when asked if he was concerned about experiencing a sophomore slump after such a successful rookie season.

““I don’t even know those words,” Wilson said Tuesday after his team’s first day of mandatory minicamp. “I don’t pay attention to it. I think the biggest thing is just focusing on tomorrow and focusing on the day — the rest of the day that I have and the next couple hours I have here.”

Expressing that opinion is one thing, but avoiding a let down will be tough, particularly when you look at recent quarterbacks like Carolina’s Cam Newton and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, who had very successful rookie seasons, but struggled through their second year.

But if anyone can do it, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll believes Wilson can.

“He had a great year,” Carroll said. “It’d be hard for anybody to come back and have a better year. It’s a challenge in itself just to do that. That’s just something that anybody who has a good season has to deal with. I think his mindset is excellent. And his preparation, his habits, his concern and his focus is excellent.”

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN Seattle writes that receiver Doug Baldwin is working to regain his rookie form.

More O’Neil: Defensive lineman Michael Bennett’s versatility will help him in his second stint with the Seahawks.

Clare Farnsworth of says that recent addition defensive tackle Michael Brooks is proving a fast learner.

Rod Mar of has photos from the first day of Minicamp, which you can check out here.

According to this ESPN report, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is the most underpaid player in the NFL. Sherman made $551,000 in base salary in 2012, but according to ESPN’s numbers, his play was worth $19.8 million.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Tarvaris Jackson is expected to sign a one-year deal to come back to the Seahawks.

ESPN’s Mike Sando compares Jackson and Brady Quinn’s numbers.

Matt Maiocco of writes that San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh had this to say when asked about the Seattle’s recent issues with PEDs: “If you cheat to win, then you’re already lost.”

Jason Jenks of The Seattle Times has Carroll’s response to Harbaugh’s comments here.