Russell Wilson won't sign extension beyond midnight

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2019

It appears Seattle Seahawks fans can breathe easy, at least for now. Earlier this month, Wilson set a deadline of midnight Monday for the sides to reach a long-term contract. Not only that, they would have to make him the highest paid player in National Football League history. That means his income would increase as the team cap increases. Here are the five teams most in need of Wilson's services, starting with the Denver Broncos. 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.

Wilson is a mobile quarterback who has the ability to escape pressure, which would be a necessity if he were to be traded to the Broncos. He has also been linked to the New York Giants. Realistically, the Broncos would have to give up multiple first-round draft picks, as well as a high-profile player.

The news comes shortly after reports surfaced that the 30-year-old wants to play for another team, and his unspoken desire to move on has led him to take a harder stance during contract negotiations.

Report: Russell Wilson's agent still meeting with @Seahawks.

That response glosses over the more fundamental question of whether Wilson would like for the Seahawks to let him get away.

Even if the deadline isn't met, it's still possible for the Seahawks to extend Wilson.

If that doesn't work, the Seahawks still have the chance to offer him a new contract after the 2019 National Football League season.

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

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