QB Wilson won't sign after deadline

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That's the deadline he set for the organization to settle on a long-term contract extension. But Wilson may be asking for fully guaranteed money throughout much, if not all, of the contract.

Regardless of whether he has a new contract or no, it had been expected all along that Wilson will fulfill all of his regular requirements, including the offseason training program, which began Monday and is technically voluntary.

It appears Seattle Seahawks fans can breathe easy, at least for now.

In the final season of his current contract, Wilson is slated to earn $17 million in 2019.

His last deal made him the NFL's second-highest-paid quarterback, behind Aaron Rodgers' $22 million per season.

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But the Seahawks had to weigh how much to pay Wilson while also knowing they have decisions coming on Clark as well as Reed and middle linebacker Bobby Wagner.

A trade involving Wilson might lose the Seahawks a lot of fans, especially with how hard it is to land an elite quarterback in the NFL. There is also a contingent of fans that don't want him to receive a salary close to $35 million per year.

Per a league source, the Seahawks think that Wilson would like to play elsewhere, even if he hasn't and wouldn't ever say it. Meeting his demands might get Wilson and his agent back to the table after the deadline. If he were to decline, they could place a franchise tag on him, which would lead to a one-year contract.

Instead of waiting for Seattle to run the course with Wilson, several quarterback teams should call up John Schneider and see what it would take to get Wilson from the Seahawks.

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