Listen: Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks And Seattle discussed on Pro Football Talk with Mike Florio
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Maybe a little nervous this morning because this could be the day the now or never day for Russell Wilson to sign his next long term contract with the Seahawks. There was plenty of discussion after that April fifteen deadline articulated that the or else what's it mean? What does it mean does it mean no contract this year? Does it mean no contract ever? Visit mean nothing does it mean, if they show up offer him everything he wants a month from now, he's just going to go ahead and sign it. Peter King writes in football morning in America that. It's now or never that. If they don't sign him to the long-term deal. He wants today. Chris simms. He's never signing another term deal with the Seattle Seahawks. And that ties in to what I was told over the weekend the Seahawks believe he wants to play elsewhere. And if the position that his agent is taking is it's now or never and never meanings. We were never going to sign a long term contract ever again with the Seahawks. That's why they would think he wants to sign elsewhere. Well, yeah. Because I thought I thought the play was this. You saw me to a long term deal by April fifteen or I'm going to go year to year under the franchise tag until I forced my way to the open market. And you're you're gonna have to sign me to a long term deal in competition with any other team that wants me. But if the if the or else is I will never under any circumstances. Sign a long term deal. Then yet eventually he signed that long term deal with someone else. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, this is a very hard line. And it does kinda show that maybe. Russell Wilson wants his way out of there as well. It's an interesting topic. I know a little bit about it. I knew a little bit about it in a producer, Matt Casey. He could attest to this. Because I've put him on. I put this Russell Wilson on the radar this Seattle Seahawks conversation about ten days ago before the Jack del Rio thing had come out and the comment, right? We've both did. Well, congratulations. I'm just trying to give some context of the fact that I'm not jumping on some story right now just going. Oh, this is what I heard. No. So here's the thing to me is I feel like both sides are almost willing to move on. I really do. I feel like the Seattle Seahawks. The more you hear about it. They want to move on and go back to the formula. They won that got him to this point to begin with which was a rookie quarterback a really deep roster that had talented football players all over it and stood up the run for you know, there to Super Bowl appearances and many playoff appearances. I also have heard that. Yes. Russell Wilson has certainly is not afraid to leave Seattle at the very least. And I I've heard things like LA and New York is certainly in the conversation, and that is wife is in the in his year a little bit about getting to a city like that. So it's going to be interesting to see nonetheless. And I just feel like he kind of goes both ways here, but I'm pretty I'm pretty surprised to hear like a hard line. This is it or never doing a contract ever again type of. Discussion. This is one of the autumn it all in moves from player. I mean when have we ever seen that kind of a bold gesture from a guy who always comes off as being team? I yeah. And I think back to last year with Aaron Rodgers when he had some leverage over the Packers. And he wanted to try to do some creative things with his contract. And ultimately, he just went along with the standard formula Wilson is pushing for his compensation to be tied to a percentage of the salary cap because the salary cap is going to go up and up and up and he's going to get leapfrog by other guys. And we're gonna talk more about that next segment. But this is a real concern for the Seahawks because they either give him what he wants today or this process gets initiated of Wilson's eventual exit quite likely from Seattle. All right. A guy who may be exiting Seattle currently occupies the franchise tag there. That is Frank Clark. There was some trade shatter about. Clark earlier in free agency. I was told that last year some teams had inquired about trading for Clark and nothing happened. Some of those same teams reemerged earlier this off season to inquire about a trade. It didn't happen. I heard last night that something is happening that there's something brewing that may be something happened. Now Clark's got to be on board with Chris because he hasn't signed the franchise tag. You gotta sign that tender before you can be traded which gives him absolute power over whether he does get traded. But you know, with with what they're doing with Russell Wilson. They made that seventeen million that Frank Clark is otherwise chewing up under the salary cap to divert that money and that cap space to Russell Wilson all kind of makes sense that last night out of the blue. This story comes out this. This notion comes out that something may be happening with Frank Clark, by way of a possible trade out of Seattle. Well, or does it just make sense from the standpoint that they're going to do the same thing, and they don't want? They don't want another huge. Number just like Russell Wilson on their salary cap. You can make sense of it. Either way you could say no, this seems to be maybe the new model or that the Seattle Seahawks are wanting us. They don't wanna pay one player fifteen percent of their salary cap or do anything like that. So it also falls in line with the Russell Wilson thought process that we're hearing from Seattle as well, also when I hear things like this to I think they can be negotiating poise at times too. Where maybe they're trying to get Frank Clark to know on the long-term deal in the contract talks. They're hoping that maybe he'll buckle or or soften his stands, maybe for a few million less per year, the guaranteed money, whatever it may be. I don't know. But certainly Seattle Seahawks seem like they're playing. They're playing hardball, and they're not afraid to make moves, and I didn't expect them to be Caroline, John Schneider. They have a lot of I think self bravado and are not afraid to revisit the way they built this team the first time around, and here's the other side of the coin because. Because if they're not going to sign Russell Wilson to the deal that he wants and he's never going to sun the long term contract. They can't try to squeeze Frank Clark to the table because some of that money that otherwise would have gone to Wilson can go to Clark. Instead, you gotta pay somebody at some point. You can't have a team comprised only of guys operating under the rookie contracts at some point. You have to layer in some contracts that are paid two guys that have performed well enough that you're deciding to keep around, otherwise what are your young players playing for you wanna have guys in the locker room who are shining examples of what happens if you do everything we've been asking you to do for the first three or four years of your career. You will get financially rewarded the challenges finding guys who don't want so much that it can potentially handicap the team's ability to to win moving forward. And that's what the Seahawks currently or wrestling with what I want to go. We're gonna talk about Wilson coming up at one point. I want people to be thinking about out there is it. Possible that Wilson would take less on a long term deal from another team. Then he would take from the Seahawks. Keep that one in mind for when we revisit that point later this hour and also next hour. All right. We'll stay in the NFC west the Los Angeles Rams, the defending NFC champions a team that will have plenty of expectations going into two thousand nineteen head coach Sean McVeigh was on rich Eisen show last week and spoke about Jared Goff as to whether or not Goff needs to prove. He's the man I think he's already the man McVeigh said, I think he's had a lot of moments. His teammates believe him his coaches, believe him. I think it's just continuing to do what you do at a higher level. It's can I continue to make great decisions. Can I continue to make throws with accuracy? And intensification. I think the thing that was great about him really from his first we were together to last year is the ownership, and it's fun. I can't look at those words Chris without thinking about that play in the Super Bowl when he didn't make a good decision because he didn't see Brandin cooks wide open until it was too late. And. When he did he didn't make great throw with accuracy. And anticipate and that was the second time he missed on that play really. And if you here's the thing it's kind of like Super Bowl forty nine all over again when the Seahawks had that ill-fated decision late in the game. And and some guys could never get over that will be guys in that locker room who when they studied the film of Super Bowl fifty three can't get over. Is that something that they're going to have to work on to get the teammates to say? Okay. We understand what happened we still believe in Jared Goff. Yeah. No. I mean, you know, listen guys gonna doubt it or go. Gosh. She didn't play big in the big moment. Whatever it may be. Yes. Certainly there'll be some doubters. They're on the team when they watch the film or anything like that. I think it is different than the Seattle game though. Just from the sheer aspect of the Seattle game was more about the offense coordinator and really seemed to me more like he was playing politics and wanted to get Russell Wilson the MVP because he's the offense coordinator. And if he becomes a quarterback whisper then. He gets a head coaching job to me that was more the Seattle issue than anything instead of giving it to the most powerful running back. We've seen in football. The last thirty years with one of the most powerful offense aligns and football that we saw in the last ten fifteen years as well that he was running behind. That's where the Seattle players were. Like, are you kidding me? That was the dumbest call in the history of the Super Bowl. And I still think it's up there. It might be number one. The what was the other thing?."