The Seattle Seahawks have been surrounded with speculation recently regarding their franchise quarterback Russell Wilson as he seeks a new deal. Wilson has reportedly given the team a deadline and he wants a new contract by April 15th. There is no telling exactly what Wilson will do if the team fails to give him the deal he desires, but a hold-out could definitely be a possibility.
The Seahawks need to do everything within their power to make re-signing Wilson a major priority before the 2019 season takes off. If the deadline Wilson is giving is true, then obviously the team needs to work hastily to get the deal done by then. There is no time to waste when it comes to retaining a team's franchise player, especially at a position as prestigious as quarterback.
Wilson has been incredible since joining the league and throughout his career he has done a lot of the heavy lifting in regards to the team's offense. The Seahawks have had a few solid receiving options over the years, but recently Wilson has had to make due with what he's been given.
The Seahawks are primarily a run-first team and Wilson offers a lot of help in that category as well. Although Wilson had career lows in rushing attempts and yards, his passing totals were outstanding last season for the already efficient quarterback.
Considering the lack of pass-catching help in Seattle, Wilson passed for a career high 35 passing touchdowns last season. Wilson also had a 110.9 passer rating, good for another career high. Unfortunately, he had another career high as Wilson was sacked 51 times in the 2018 season.
There's no secret Wilson deserves a new deal considering how responsible he is for the team's success and how he puts everything on the line each week. The team has really faltered from their elite years just a few seasons ago, but Wilson finds ways to get the team to the postseason nearly every year.
Wilson is currently not in the top-10 for quarterback contracts and while money might not be the actual issue for Wilson, a long-term commitment is likely where his head is at. Wilson has already had quite the career, appearing in six Pro Bowls and winning a Super Bowl trophy in 2013 after defeating the Denver Broncos. Wilson may not receive an Aaron Rodgers type of contract, at least in terms of money, but he could get a extensive deal in the five to six year range.
The Seahawks have a quarterback that has performed at an elite level for seven years now and while Wilson is under contract through the end of this season, an extension would ensure a lot of commitment.
Wilson is in a prime position in his career and at the age of 31, there are plenty of elite years ahead of him. It's likely a deal could be done very soon as the team should know better than to ruffle any feathers with the player responsible for a great deal of their success over the years. Wilson is the face of the franchise and gives the team their best chances of remaining successful.