Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson reiterated his stance about his ongoing contract negotiations, saying he believes the process will work out and that he will receive a new deal.
Wilson spoke to ESPN’s Marty Smith about his offseason and was asked, based on his resume and the current market for quarterbacks, how much money he thinks he deserves.
“I think ultimately it comes down to the play,” Wilson said. “Just let my play speak for itself, and let the rest take care of itself. Continue to love the game for what it is, and continue to fight, continue to play. No matter how much I’m getting paid, whether it’s $25 million or if its $1.5 million, I’ll be ready to go.”
Wilson is due $1.5 million in base salary in 2015, the final season of his four-year rookie contract, and will hit the free-agent market if the two sides do not agree to a long-term deal or if he does not receive the team’s franchise tender.
Wilson, 26, has won more than any other quarterback in the NFL in the past three seasons, winning 36 regular-season games and leading the Seahawks to three playoff appearances and one Super Bowl title. Seattle’s bid for a second straight title ended when Wilson was picked off by New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler with less than 30 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLIX, giving the Patriots a 28–24 victory.
Wilson said this relationship with the team is “great,” adding that he still wants to play in Seattle.
“I obviously want to stay in Seattle,” Wilson said. “I love Seattle, it’s a great place. I trust the process. I’m going to do everything I can to put the work in. When it’s all done and my career is over, I can look back and hopefully it’s a job well done.”
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