QB Wilson won't sign after deadline

Rumors fly on eve of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson's contract deadline

Wilson reported to the team's off-season conditioning program Monday, according to ESPN.

Certainly, Seattle would use the franchise tag to secure Wilson's rights, keeping him from hitting free agency.

While noted National Football League writer Peter King reported that one sticking point is that Wilson's side would like a contract with so-called "escalator clauses" tied to the salary cap - meaning, Wilson's contract would rise as much as the cap does each year - former Seahawks QB and close friend of Wilson, Jake Heaps, said on ESPN 710 Seattle those are not an issue and that the main hang-up is guaranteed money, and particularly in years two and three.

Rodgers is back atop the quarterback pay scale after signing an extension past year that averages $33.5 million.

Wilson's post came less than an hour after his self-imposed deadline of midnight, which came and went without word from either side as to whether or not a contract extension had been reached.

Well Seahawks fans, the wait is finally over.

Throwing more fuel on that fire, one of Wilson's National Football League peers, Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu seems to believe that Wilson "wants NY".

It makes Wilson the NFL's highest-paid player.

And he did just that, as the Seahawks made clear in one of a series of photos released on their official website, Seahawks.com.

When asked last month by Jimmy Fallon about a rumor that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson could end up with the Giants, Wilson said, "I'm not sure if the Seahawks are gonna let me get away". But if/when April 15 without a long-term deal between the Seahawks and Wilson, the question of whether would take less from a different team becomes highly relevant to whether the Seahawks could find a trade partner, if that's the route the team chooses to take instead of paying him unprecedented franchise-tag money on a year-to-year basis.

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