Russell Wilson’s reps reportedly asked Seahawks for new contract

Brian McIntyre
Shutdown Corner

In his first regular season in the National Football League, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed over 64 percent of 393 pass attempts for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns with used his legs for another 489 yards and four touchdowns. In two playoff games, Wilson passed for 572 yards, including a rookie single-game record 385 yards in a 30-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 13, with three touchdowns and had 127 yards and another touchdown on the ground.

Wilson, a third-round pick out of Wisconsin, adapted very quickly to life in the NFL. Apparently more so than his agents - James "Bus" Cook, who owns BC Sports - have adapted to the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, via Mike Florio of, a representative of Wilson's reached out to the Seahawks to insist that "something be done" to Wilson's contract, which will pay the Rookie of the Year candidate $1,189,051 over the next two seasons ($526,617 in 2013 and $662,434 in 2014).

The Seahawks would certainly love nothing more than to lock Wilson up for the long-term, but even if they wanted to, no adjustments can be made to Wilson's contract until after the final game of the 2014 season. As stated in Article 7, Section 3(k)(i) of the CBA:

"A Rookie Contract for a Drafted Rookie may not be renegotiated, amended or altered in any way until after the final regular season game of the player's third contract year."

[Also: Florio: Where will Alex Smith land next season?]

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Cook denies reaching out to the Seahawks.

So Wilson will make his $1,189,051, plus any per diems and workout bonuses that are spelled out in the collective bargaining agreement until after the conclusion of the Seahawks' 2014 regular season. However, Wilson's football-related compensation will be augmented by the return of "performance-based pay", an inappropriately named program that compensates all players with bonuses based on a complex formula using a player's cap number and playing-time percentage.

Wilson had a $544,868 cap number in 2012 and played in 96.36 percent of the Seahawks' offensive snaps. Based on performance-based bonuses in previous seasons, Wilson could receive a bonus in excess of $200,000.

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