Are the Seahawks close to finalizing a contract extension with quarterback Russell Wilson? According to ESPN's Terry Blount, they are.
"From what I've been told they're very close," he told 710 ESPN Friday morning. "They're just trying to make sure every single thing is in place before they go forward with this. I think it's going to be bigger and crazier and different from what any contract has ever been."
The "crazier and different" part of that speaks to what John Schneider has referred to as "an outside the box" style for Wilson that is simultaneously team-friendly from a cap point of view, but will pay Wilson a lot of money. What that exactly means, well, no one outside of that negotiating room knows at this point.
Regardless, the Seahawks don't have to be in an enormous hurry to sign Wilson to his extension if there are more pressing matters at hand. Wilson can play out the final year of his rookie deal if no agreement can be reached this offseason, and the Hawks' still have the option to franchise tag him after 2015. And, according to Rob Rang, things are still up in the air. Per Rang,
The club and Wilson's representatives have been "talking," I'm told, but nothing appears imminent at this time.
Either way, a deal will get done, at some point. So, stand by.