It is Russell Wilson contract deadline day, and I stay skeptical the perimeters accomplish a lot. And if in reality April 15 comes and goes with out the Seahawks managing to signal their All-World quarterback to a long-term extension, do not imagine the hype some are already peddling about Wilson’s intentions.
Some of us within the media did not even watch for the deadline to come back and go with out opining that Wilson would not wish to be a Seahawk. He needs out, they recommend. If he and the Seahawks cannot discover enough frequent floor on a mega-deal, then absolutely it have to be somebody’s “fault,” so why not level to the participant – the one who has performed nothing however utterly dedicate himself to his crew and his craft from the second he walked into the constructing as a mid-round decide, who shockingly gained the beginning job as a rookie after which has performed nothing however win video games since.
Certain, it have to be on the participant that the issues received thus far. I imply, how dare him and his consultant for believing that as we stand on the precipice of playing cash getting into the NFL like by no means earlier than, and with an financial recalibration coming with a brand new labor deal and broadcast offers on the horizon, that any new contract ought to embrace mechanisms that maintain the QB’s compensation consistent with that rising pie. How dare they wish to resolve a negotiating course of – one that ought to have begun in earnest a 12 months previous to the beginning of offseason work, when Wilson will focus solely on making an attempt to convey a Tremendous Bowl again to Seattle in 2019.
I imply, think about the gall of this man pondering, maybe, that he was worthy of being approached in the identical method that franchises just like the Falcons (Matt Ryan), Lions (Matt Stafford), Packers (Aaron Rodgers), Steelers (Ben Roethlisberger), 49ers (Jimmy Garoppolo) and Panthers (Cam Newton), to call a number of, have gone about doing enterprise with the boys they recognized as their franchise quarterbacks. I imply, who would assume Wilson belongs in that group (insert sarcasm font right here)? Forgive him for not wanting his lame-duck standing – and ongoing negotiations – to dwarf no matter else the Seahawks are attempting to perform.
Here’s a soiled little secret in skilled sports activities – when you might have a generational expertise, and a really iconic participant, it’s good to be at all times re-recruiting them. As transcendent as some expertise will be, there may be at all times an individual in there as effectively who has the identical insecurities and issues and feelings as everybody else. The query – ought to this marriage in reality be on the rocks – is not about why this deadline exists now. The query was and at all times will likely be: why was there not a single exploratory telephone name to Wilson a 12 months in the past, on the similar time the Falcons and Packers have been falling throughout themselves to lock up their QBs? Why let the method get to the spring of 2019 – now months away from an expiring contract – to make any actual try and retain him on a long-term deal within the first place? Is that on Wilson, too?
A quarterback who has by no means missed a snap with a historic QB ranking and an apparent first-ballot Corridor of Fame profession trajectory, who simply turned 30 in November – who gathered teammates en masse for offseason exercises and performed by means of high-ankle sprains and by no means mentioned a phrase about the best way Richard Sherman and different members of that protection would pile on at occasions – has already confirmed who he’s. This was by no means was or needs to be about his intentions; the onus is at all times on the crew to recommit to a participant of this magnitude, on the proper time and on the proper value. The QB market was at all times solely skyrocketing (simply as with the 49ers, who went huge in Jimmy G earlier than he’d even performed a lot of something on the sector for them). Value of doing enterprise and all.
Do not let the timeline get misplaced amid all of the breathless discuss and keyboard pounding being performed over this deadline proper now. And the concept that an NFL participant is by some means abandoning anybody or something by believing solely a really generational contract ought to stop him from hitting the open market in his prime is doing nothing greater than following his collectively-bargained rights. It is championed in different sports activities, and in a post-Kirk Cousins NFL, groups had higher begin bracing for it to change into a extra frequent incidence. Plan accordingly. Do not blame the famous person.
Extra insider notes
- If I needed to do a mock draft proper now, I might put Ed Oliver to the Bucs with the fifth-overall decide. For the entire hand-wringing about how the defensive lineman carried out in 2018, the underside line is groups see the right way to unlock him extra on the subsequent degree and higher make the most of him, and his projectables are off the charts … Had a trusted high govt for a crew that’s not within the rookie QB market inform me that there’s chatter on the scouting circuit about Drew Lock, evaluating his angle and mentality to Jay Cutler. Yikes. That may be an enormous crimson flag for me. If he’s rubbing these those who approach now, I am unable to think about that developments in a different way as soon as he is making tens of millions. It will not preclude him from being drafted greater than he ought to …
- Brokers and executives I spoke to over the weekend imagine a wild rush of contract-extension talks will start after the draft. Among the current market forces in baseball are bleeding over into soccer – veterans not shattering new contract thresholds in free company and a glut of high quality starters nonetheless on the open market deep into the offseason (when is the final time you heard boo about Ndamukong Suh, Ziggy Ansah, Jay Ajayi, Corey Liuget, Eric Berry, Jamie Collins, Tre Boston or Glover Quin, all of whom stay unrestricted free brokers?). In MLB that has led to a current spate of contract extensions for younger gamers who’re nowhere near free company (Max Kepler, Aaron Nola, Luis Severino, Ozzie Albies). Within the NFL, we have chronicled on this area how veteran free brokers are getting squeezed out by compensatory pics and the franchise tag and the way low-cost gamers are on their rookie contracts now – which may result in much more gamers signing extensions earlier than they start to play out their fourth NFL season. “That will be the next trend,” one outstanding agent informed me. “Look at baseball and the market forces there. We are usually a year or two behind them but a lot of the same principles apply. Check out the 2016 draft class, and watch how many of those guys sign new deals between May (after the draft) and September.” Anticipate to listen to loads about it, from guys like Zeke Elliott and Joey Bosa on the high of the drat to guys like Michael Pierce and Matt Judon, who’ve emerged as influence gamers regardless of their draft standing. With so many gamers being caught within the center, I anticipate plenty of motion on this entrance within the coming months …
- Brokers are additionally questioning if the fallout of the collapse of the AAF could have a chilling influence on undrafted free company. Certain, plenty of the blokes being signed out of the demise of the AAF are offseason “camp bodies” for probably the most half, however they’re in soccer form and are signing low-cost and will displace room for post-draft gamers. “Some teams are effectively already at 75-man rosters,” one agent identified. “The collapse of that league has been good business for NFL teams. They are bolstering their rosters before the draft, which we haven’t really seen much of before.” … I am listening to that Michigan go rusher Rashan Gary may not do as effectively in actual life within the first spherical as he’s on plenty of mock drafts going round. That may be a nice place of energy and I may see him slipping down the board. … Princeton QB John Lovett will not present up in lots of (any?) draft guides, however he’s getting plenty of consideration from NFL groups just lately. The Titans and 49ers are amongst these to work him out and I would not be shocked in any respect at this level if he hears his named known as on Day 3.