Wed Apr 17 7:45pm ET
By TIM BOOTH
AP Sports Writer
Players: Russell Wilson
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, center, hugs head coach Pete Carroll, left, in front of a photograph of Wilson in action, as Wilson's wife Ciara looks on at right, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, prior to a NFL football press conference in Renton, Wash. Earlier in the week, Wilson signed a $140 million, four-year extension with the team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks NFL football quarterback Russell Wilson poses for photos with his wife Ciara, their daughter Sienna, and Ciara's son Future, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Renton, Wash., following a press conference. Earlier in the week, Wilson signed a $140 million, four-year extension with the team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson talks to reporters Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Earlier in the week, Wilson signed a $140 million, four-year extension with the NFL football team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Seattle Seahawks NFL football quarterback Russell Wilson, center, talks to reporters along with head coach Pete Carroll, left, and general manager John Schneider, right, Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Renton, Wash. Earlier in the week, Wilson signed a $140 million, four-year extension with the team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
RENTON, Wash. (AP) When Russell Wilson and his representatives started negotiations with the Seattle Seahawks on a contract extension, they were looking far beyond five more seasons.
Having turned 30 late last season, Wilson tried to project into the next decade and the chances of playing his entire career with one team.
''The next deal was going to be the place where, `Hey, if we're going to be in Seattle, wherever it's going to be, I want to make sure that's where I'm going to be for the next 10-12 years hopefully,''' Wilson said Wednesday, a day after signing the $140 million, four-year contract extension that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL. ''That was kind of my mindset, from (age) 30 to 40. And then you reassess, you add on, and everything else. But the reality was for the next 10 years.''
His new deal will cover half that 10-year window. He has the highest yearly average salary at $35 million per season. He has the highest signing bonus ($65 million) and guaranteed money ($107 million) in league history. He's under contract through the 2023 season.
The negotiations wrapped up just before midnight as Monday clicked over into Tuesday. It was the deadline Wilson set for getting a long-term extension done before accepting the likelihood he had only three more seasons in Seattle.
The deadline was real in Wilson's mind.
''I have an obsession with football. I just want to play the game. I just want to be able to focus on that. I remember the first time, (with) the other contract, it was one of those things that took us all the way to the summertime, right before training camp - literally to 11:50 that night and everything else. The next day, we were practicing,'' Wilson said. ''For me, and for everyone involved really, the whole organization, it was really more so of a `Hey, let's make sure we don't have to drag out this whole process.'''
All sides agreed the previous negotiations dragged on for far too many months. General manager John Schneider said the negotiations should have been wrapped up before reaching the cusp of training camp in 2015.
This negotiation went almost to the deadline before an agreement was reached. Wilson guessed it was about 11:50 p.m. Monday when he got the phone call from agent Mark Rodgers. The deal was done and only needed the quarterback's approval.
The no-trade clause, which means Wilson must approve any possible deal, was the final kicker.
''We talked about the idea of a no-trade clause just because we really wanted to be here. That was the thing we were really excited about and that's kind of what sealed the deal for us. I was really fired up about it,'' Wilson said.
That wasn't the case several hours earlier. Wilson showed up for the first day of Seattle's offseason workouts Monday and he left the facility that afternoon uncertain whether he would return the next day with a new deal. There had been progress in the negotiations but no guarantees of reaching an agreement. Wilson and coach Pete Carroll spoke before the QB left the building.
''We said, listen we're getting there, that's for sure. ... I wasn't concerned because I knew at that point it was going to be what it's going to be and hopefully it was here and hopefully we could do something special,'' Wilson.
While the day was mostly celebratory, there was a twinge of sadness Wednesday as well. Wilson's deal was the first major signing by the team since the passing of owner Paul Allen last fall. Schneider became choked up briefly, saying, ''This is a day that Paul Allen would have been extremely proud of,'' and later recalled a story of the day Wilson was drafted in 2012.
''Paul called in and was like, `So you took the little guy huh?' And I was like, `Yeah, I did, I did Paul. We did. We did.' And he just hung up,'' Schneider recalled. ''I gave the phone back to Pete and he was like, `What did he say?' and I was like, `He didn't say anything, man.' He was super fired up.''
Wilson, Carroll and Schneider all praised the involvement of Allen's sister, Jody, the chairman of the Seahawks organization, in making sure one of the centerpieces of Seattle's success over the past seven seasons wasn't going anywhere.
''Russ has ignited an energy about the games that we play and the style from the offensive side,'' Carroll said. ''I thought it was really important for us. We think we have a really good team and we're really fired up about it, and to be able to maintain this continuity was extremely important for us.''
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been showing more explosiveness at organized team activities this week. He led the Browns in receiving touchdowns and finished third in yards in his rookie season in 2018, so there is plenty of upside remaining. He was a fourth-round pick in 2017 but missed the entire season. The Browns offense should be much more explosive this year with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr., but that might also hurt Callaway's upside in this offense. Callaway finished with 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns in 2018. The 22-year-old is certainly worth a late-round flier for receiver depth, but his ups and downs could continue this season.
New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson signed his second-round restricted tender offer on Thursday, which is worth roughly $3.1 million. Anderson preferred a long-term extension, but he'll have to prove himself in 2019 again and wait until next offseason. The 26-year-old has led the team in receiving yards, targets and touchdowns each of the last two years. He finished with 50 catches for 752 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games for Gang Green in 2018. Anderson has yet to reach the 1,000-yard mark in his three seasons, but that could be coming in his second year with Sam Darnold under center as the team's top wideout.
New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder (ankle) will miss spring workouts after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to clean out his ankle after he dealt with bone spurs. The surgery isn't considered serious and Solder will be back for training camp. Solder was the highest paid left tackle in the league in 2018 and underwhelmed in his first season with the Giants after coming over from New England. The Giants need Solder to be much better this year, protecting either Eli Manning or rookie Daniel Jones.
Baltimore Ravens first-round wide receiver Marquise Brown (foot) won't be on the field for organized team activities next week as he recovers from Lisfranc surgery. Receiver Miles Boykin (hamstring), a third-rounder, will also be eased into action next week while he deals with a minor hamstring injury. The Ravens are very thin on the receiver depth chart, so they'll need Brown and Boykin to contribute immediately in their first seasons in the NFL. Baltimore also has Willie Snead, Jordan Lasley and Chris Moore in the mix at the position.
The Baltimore Ravens are signing free-agent wide receiver Michael Floyd to an undisclosed deal on Friday, according to a source. Baltimore is a good landing spot for Floyd, but there's still no guarantee that he'll make the final roster out of training camp. The 13th overall pick in 2012 by the Cardinals, Floyd has played for four different teams in the last three years and has 20 catches for 178 yards and one score in the last two seasons (24 games) for the Vikings and Redskins. He'll be a long shot to return any fantasy relevance for a run-first squad if he makes the team.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said he was "definitely, definitely sorry" after it was announced that he would be suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The shutdown corner will be eligible to return in Week 7 against the Giants, but his absence to begin the season will be a huge downgrade for Arizona's secondary. The 28-year-old had 54 tackles, one sack, one fumble recovery, two interceptions and five passes defensed in 2018.
The Minnesota Vikings continue to discuss a contract extension with tight end Kyle Rudolph, but neither side has made much progress, per a source with knowledge of the situation. Minnesota has also offered Rudolph a five-year extension which would give him a new-money average among the highest paid tight ends in the NFL. An extension would also likely reduce his current salary cap number of $7.625 million. The source said the Vikes haven't asked Rudolph to take a pay cut in the final year of his current deal in 2018. The team drafted tight end Irv Smith in the second round last month, leading many to believe that Rudolph would be gone. Rudolph can be a solid red-zone fantasy weapon, but he's dependent on those touchdowns and could see a lighter workload with Smith now in the fold if he remains in Minnesota.
Free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe (Browns) signed a one-day contract with the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, May 16, to announce his retirement.
New England Patriots WR Dontrelle Inman's one-year deal includes a $200,000 signing bonus, a $100,000 reporting bonus and incentives worth up to $1 million.
Free-agent RB Mike Gillislee (Saints) worked out for the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, May 16.
Cleveland Browns WR Antonio Callaway has 'added some explosiveness,' according to head coach Freddie Kitchens. 'He is in good shape relative to what he was in last year during training camp. He has added some explosiveness. He has been catching the ball really well. He is doing a good job. Just like everybody else, he has to continue,' Kitchens said.
New York Jets WR Robby Anderson signed his restricted free-agent tender Thursday, May 16.
Undrafted free-agent DB Alex X. Brown (South Carolina State) signed a three-year undisclosed contract with the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, May 16. DE Damontre Moore was waived to make room for him on the roster.
Free-agent LB Pernell McPhee (Redskins) signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, May 16. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida said Wednesday, May 15, the team could feature a three-man running back rotation also involving Jerick McKinnon and Tevin Coleman. 'They've talked to us about it,' Breida said. 'They've said, 'Hey, we're going to use all you guys.' All three of us are going to be used a lot. I don't want to give away any secrets, but we're all going to be used in the offense.' It's still too early/unclear how snaps will be divided.
Fantasy Spin: There are ample fantasy points to be found with Kyle Shanahan running backs, but the current three-pronged outlook doesn't bode well for fantasy GMs at the moment. Hopefully you'll have ample time before your drafts to see if the picture takes on some clarity.
Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph declined to take a pay cut, but he hopes to remain with the team. 'No, I won't,' Rudolph said. 'I'm too young for that.'
Fantasy Spin: Rudolph can be a decent backup as a TE2 in fantasy, but his upside is minimal in the offense. If he's cut and winds up somewhere like New England? He could receive a spark.
Free-agent C Tony Adams (Patriots), OG Kyle E. Fuller (Redskins) and LB Nate Orchard (Seahawks) signed undisclosed deals with the Miami Dolphins Thursday, May 16. OG Isaac Asiata (undisclosed) was waived/injured. C Kirk Barron was waived. WR Ricardo Louis (neck) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Former All-Pro WR/KR Dexter McCluster is signing with the Massachusetts Pirates of the National Arena League Thursday, May 16.
Miami Dolphins CB Cordrea Tankersley (knee) could open the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to the Sun-Sentinel's Omar Kelly.
Denver Broncos TE Jake Butt (knee) will 'hopefully' be ready to return by the start of training camp, according to head coach Vic Fangio.