The Seahawks hit the ground running for training camp on Friday with the announcement that Russell Wilson agreed to a four-year contract extension, giving the team and the fans alike a collective sigh of relief. The next player on the "to-sign" list is Bobby Wagner, and Pete Carroll mentioned that the team is working on an extension for him as well. Both players spoke to reporters after practice.
Wagner addressed his "Can't keep everyone" tweet from this morning, and talked about his ongoing negotiations.
A few blurbs:
Why did your tweet ‘Cant keep everyone' from earlier today mean?
"What did it mean? That you can't keep everyone. That's what it meant. Can't keep everybody."
Does it make you feel like they can't keep you?
"I'm hopeful that they reach a contract. I think that's not really up to me. I think my agent and the organization, Pete, John and everybody, that's they're job to figure that out. My job is to continue to show you guys that I'm the best linebacker in this league, and that's what I'm going to do."
How important is it for you to get something done before the season?
"If it happens, it happens. But all I know is at the end of the season, y'all will know that I'm the best linebacker in this league. That's my focus. Everything else will take care of itself."
Do you have a deadline or are you open to keeping the dialogue going?
"Now. That's my deadline."
Russell Wilson also spoke to the media.
Was anything about these negotiations personal?
"I didn't think it was personal. I knew it was business. At the end of the day, I'm happy to be a Seahawk. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. It's a blessing to be here on a championship-type team and the goal is to win the Super Bowl this year."
Where was your focus?
"My focus the whole time has pretty much been on getting ready for the season. You know, I've been excited about that, just to play football again. Ultimately, no matter how much I make, down the road or in the past, or whatever, it's always been about the game and trying to get ready."
"I'm always an optimist. An ultimate one. I always believed that it would work out and always believed that I wanted to play here, obviously, so it was exciting."