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QB Russell Wilson Insists He’s Not Demanding a New Contract


Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider, speaking to team reporters Friday for the first time since the season began, had no update on negotiations involving quarterback Russell Wilson‘s contract.

“We don’t have a timetable,” Schneider said. “At the appropriate time when we are able to speak to his representatives, we’ll do that. We’re not in a situation where we can yet.”

Wilson, who has a $662,000 base salary this year, is ending his third NFL season and is signed through 2015. But NFL rules permit teams to negotiate a new deal with players after their third years. That is a virtual certainty for Wilson, who likely will receive a multiyear deal in excess of $20 million per year.


Wilson says he hasn’t and will not demand a new contract.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that a representative from Wilson’s camp contacted the team, “insisting that something had to be done to adjust the bargain rookie contract for the third-round quarterback.”

The Seahawks reminded the rep that rookie wage rules housed in the collective bargaining agreement forbid them from restructuring Wilson’s contract until after the third year.

In refuting the report, Wilson said “I speak for myself. I never demanded or asked for a restructured contract.”

It doesn’t matter what Wilson accomplishes on the field. He’s locked into the deal that netted him a $619,472 signing bonus after becoming the 75th overall pick in last April’s draft. He’s set to earn $526,217 in 2013 and $662,434 the following season. Wilson’s $798,651 salary in 2015 is up for negotiation.

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