PHOENIX — The cap of the market for interior linebackers only shot far up, but the rising price tag doesn’t appear to have dampened coach Pete Carroll’s optimism concerning the Seattle Seahawks getting an extension done this off season using Bobby Wagner.
Speaking from the owners encounters on Tuesday, Carroll didn’t have much to mention concerning a potential extension for quarter back Russell Wilson, that like Wagner is entering the final year of his contract. However he voiced confidence that Seattle would be able to lock its AllPro linebacker.
“Absolutely,” Carroll said when asked when talks have begun with Wagner. “We have met with Bobby only kind of at prelude from that which it requires to complete that. He’s an extraordinary player and become an incredible aspect of our program and the community and that. Bobby’s likely to be a Seahawk.”
It’s no real surprise that the Seahawks desire to expand Wagner, awarded his production and his increased significance of a defense which is more centered around him after the departures of Pro Bowlers Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and now Earl Thomas. But Carroll’s confidence that the deal will get done is striking, given the economic scene in the positioning.
C.J. Mosley, who’s made the Pro Bowl in four of the five seasons but has to produce the AllPro team, is currently the league’s highest-paid inside linebacker after connecting the nyc Jets to the deal that averages $17 million per season. Kwon Alexander of those San Francisco 49ers is next at $13.5 million, based on Spotrac.com.
The negotiating dynamics will be different this time when in contrast to when Wagner signed his final extension in 2015. He is without a representative and is representing himself. Left handle Russell Okung had chased his agent when he abandoned the Seahawks at 20-16, as had Sherman once Seattle released him last off season.
“It is harder [for players representing themselves] which they can understand, because to cope with the procedure, there is a great deal for this,” Carroll explained. “Bobby’s going to get good support around him; he has asked a great deal of questions so that he will be prepared to deal with it, and I understand he’ll do a fantastic job and all. Nonetheless, it’s maybe harder than that I feel that a guy can see right now going into it the first time. The conversations and issue along with stuff to know and that, I presume he’s excited about this, merely to see what it’s about.
“We’ve got a excellent relationship with Bobby and tremendous admiration for him personally, also he can for your own company, therefore that I really don’t think there’ll be some issues, but I do think it’s challenging. But most of the intentions are that we’re likely to get something done and we will have himso that is known. He understands as well, therefore we’ve only got to work it out.”
“that may have been the best thing we did to negotiate with Bobby,” Carroll explained. “Those guys are wonderful friends, and so they’re only warriors. They’ve experienced it altogether. Bobby was also instrumental in the entire procedure.”
If the Seahawks follow their usual order of offseason organization, an extension for Wagner wouldn’t come until after the draft. That is if they have typically achieved early extensions for players already under contract to the upcoming season. It wasn’t until the beginning of training camp at 2015 that the Seahawks expanded Wilson along with Wagner within days of one another.
For almost just about any talks in an extension for Wilson,” Carroll said only:”We’ve experienced communicating, sure. It is extremely topical. We’re about It .”