While it was a bit out of character for Russell Wilson to set a deadline for the Seattle Seahawks to hand him a new contract, it doesn't currently look like he'll let any ongoing negotiations stop him from participating in team activities this offseason.
Per a source with knowledge of Wilson's contract situation, even if he isn't given a contract extension before the April 15 deadline he set, he'll still be at team facilities for every meeting, workout and practice, both voluntary and otherwise.
If Russell Wilson doesn't get a new contract before April 15, he will still show up for all offseason workouts and practices https://t.co/AFR6dqb7FS— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 3, 2019
So why even set a deadline? it doesn't really make sense if Wilson is still going to do everything the team tells him to do regardless. Per the source who shed light on the Wilson contract situation, Wilson simply wants zero distractions heading into the 2019 season.
Ongoing contract negotiations with the team's franchise QB can certainly cause a distraction in the locker room, especially if the talks continue into the season.
However, after April 15, the star QB plans to shut down all subsequent negotiations until after the season. If it gets to that point, the Seahawks' only tool to hold on to Wilson could be the franchise tag, a one-year windfall that ensures no long-term security.
His current cap number is $25.3 million, meaning the franchise tag would pay him an estimated $30.3 million for 2020.
It's in the Seahawks' best interest to re-sign the Super Bowl-winning quarterback to a long-term deal as soon as possible. Otherwise, they could find themselves forced to start over without one of the most prolific offensive offensive weapons in the league.