Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson (AP/Bob Leverone)

A subject that seems overblown and dragged out continues to gain steam. Mike Florio from NBC Sports is reporting that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is unlikely to have a new contract extension before the end of camp. If the two sides don’t work out a new contract by the start of training camp, all talks will be put off until the end of the season.

“Then again, more and more league insiders and observers believe there’s no chance a deal will be done by the start of training camp, so any chance of a contract being worked out would arguably be a better chance than most currently perceive.”

The new contract will eventually make Wilson the highest paid player in NFL history. The only question is when and for how much. For every dollar Wilson and his agent Mark Rodgers extract from Seattle, the less talent the team can bring in to surround Wilson. Nevertheless with all the media scrutiny that has followed the situation everyone knows Wilson will be a Seahawk in 2016.

The worst case scenario for the two sides is Wilson is placed with the exclusive franchise tag which would block Wilson from negotiating with other teams. The Franchise tag is sort of a one year stop gap that keeps players in house as we saw this year with Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin, and Bobby Wagner could head elsewhere as they are also scheduled for free agency, but Wilson will be playing for Seattle in 2016.