Russell Wilson gives Seahawks deadline for new deal, report says

Russell Wilson gives Seahawks deadline for new deal, report says

Russell Wilson is putting the Seahawks on the clock. 

The quarterback, who is entering his eighth season, gave Seattle an April 15 deadline to complete negotiations on a new deal, according to a report from the Seattle Times

Wilson has just one year remaining on his current four-year, $87.6 million contract, and wants to pen an extension before the team starts its official offseason workout program​ on the 15.

The request comes months after Wilson said he would be fine playing through 2019 without a new contract.

“Oh, yeah, if that’s what I’ve got to do,’’ Wilson said the day after the season ended. “It’s business and everything else and I know essentially after this season I could potentially be a free agent, that kind of thing. I don’t think that way — I see myself being in Seattle. I love Seattle, special place for me. I also understand it’s a business world and everything else.”​

Wilson signed his current deal the day Seahawks’ training camp opened in 2015 after coming to an agreement the night before.

The six-time Pro Bowl player might be taking this down to the wire, again, but he expects a big pay day.

Wilson recently said he could see his new deal surpassing the record-setting one Aaron Rodgers penned with the Packers in 2018. 

“There’s a great potential in that,” Wilson said on the Jimmy Fallon Show. “We’ll see what happens.”

He joked: “It’s not like it’s gonna make me feel bad.”

Coach Pete Carroll was vague when he addressed how the talks were progressing last week at the NFL annual meetings.

“We’ve been in communication, sure,” Carroll said. “It’s very topical, we’re on it.”​

Wilson, 30, led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl 48 victory and a repeat appearance in the championship game the following season.

The former third-round draft pick has set a number of NFL records and a long list of franchise records through seven season. Wilson has a career 64.2 regular-season completion rate with 25,624 yards and 196 touchdowns. He has the most regular season wins by any quarterback in their first seven seasons (75) and has the second highest career passer rating with a minimum 1,500 attempts (100.1) — trailing Rodgers.