The Seattle Seahawks have been carried to relevance on the offensive side of the ball thanks to Russell Wilson. You know it, I know it, and now, it's very clear that the superstar quarterback knows it.
Seattle has taken their sweet time looking to extend Wilson, and it will go on no longer now that the Pro Bowl QB has set a deadline for an extension. You never want to have the player in control of such a situation, but in this case, the Seahawks have their hands tied.
The 'Hawks have to do everything in their power to keep Wilson in town by meeting his deadline.
A few things on Russell Wilson story:— Greg Brady (@gregbradyTO) April 2, 2019
1. Very unlike him to let something out in public spectrum even close to a “demand” or a “hard ask”
2. He can’t not be frustrated w/ how things have been offensively these last few seasons - scheme & talent...
Are we really going to pretend like the Seahawks hold the upper hand here?
Wilson has every right to desire the largest contract ever. With the way quarterbacks are being paid, he should want a record-breaking deal. He's a five-time Pro Bowler, has averaged over 3,900 passing yards over his last four seasons, has thrown for 30+ scores in three of those seasons, and of course, brought the Seahawks a Super Bowl.
The Seahawks have made the playoffs in six of the seven seasons Wilson has been with this team. They wouldn't be anywhere near that if it weren't for him, but still, Seattle decided not to put any sort of effort into these negotiations.
The Seahawks don't have a football reasons to justify slow playing Russell Wilson's contract extension. That Wilson felt compelled to set a deadline suggests other factors have come into play. Still, a deal should get done. Wilsons don't grow on trees.— Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) April 2, 2019
Look at this talent on the Seahawks. Do we really think the offense would survive without him? Yes, they led the league in rushing last season, but that's going to be hard to do again if the defense is keying in on your ground game thanks to your lack of passing presence. Doug Baldwin is a shell of his former self, Jimmy Graham is gone, Tyler Lockett has spurts but can't be relied upon, and this offensive line has finished with inside the top 10 most sacks allowed in four straight seasons.
Seattle better not risk their future by letting this deadline pass by without a deal. Otherwise, they'll find themselves at the beginning of a rebuild very quickly.