The Seattle Seahawks opened their 2015 Bing sponsored training camp for the seven consecutive year at the VMAC Center in Renton, Friday morning. Before any jersey, shorts and helmet were adorned, the Seahawks announced that they had signed Quarterback Russel Wilson to a four-year contract extension good thru the 2019 season.
Wilson was Seattle’s third-round draft choice (75th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft and started all 48 games. Wilson earned Pro Bowl honors in each of his first three seasons, Wilson has completed 794 of 1,252 attempts (63.4%) for 9,950 yards, with 72 touchdowns and 26 interceptions for a 98.6 passer rating. In the postseason, he has started all eight games, completing 123 of 202 passes (60.9%) for 1,820 yards, with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions for a 97.8 passer rating.
His 36 wins (42 including postseason) are the most in NFL history in a quarterback’s first three seasons and Wilson became the third-youngest quarterback in NFL history to win the Super Bowl, leading the team to a 43-8 win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, completing 18 of 25 passes (72.0%) for 206 yards, two touchdowns and a 123.1 passer rating.
“For me, I just want to be paid based on what I’m worth, what I’ve produced, whatever that means. For me, I just let the play speak for itself,” Wilson said. “That’s not my job to kind of do all that. That’s why I hire (agent) Mark Rodgers, and that’s why I trust him to figure everything out for me, work everything out, and sure enough it did, and I get to play here for another four more years. Couldn’t be much better.”
One notable absence from the training camp participants was Safety Kam Chancellor.The three-time Pro Bowler signed a four-year extension worth $28 million in 2013. He is signed through 2017 and is scheduled to make $4.55 million in 2015. Sources say that Chancellor is looking to rework his deal. Seahawks Head Coach Peter Carroll was compassionate regarding the Chancellor’s hold out,
“Sometimes when they sign they love what they sign and it looks different after a while,” Carroll said. “So we go through that process. So I am compassionate towards these guys more than anything and try to help and walk them through it… “Kam Chancellor is an amazing Seahawk,” he added. “He’s been a great part of this team. We love him in every way. He stands for exactly everything we love about this game and being a Seahawk and playing for us. We want to make something happen and we want him back here immediately if we can get it done. We are going to try and figure it out.”
Click here to view to Head Coach Peter Carroll’s overview of day one
Free safety Earl Thomas, wide receiver Paul Richardson, and cornerbacks Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon opened the Seahawks’ 2015 training camp on the team’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list, barring them from participating in any on-field activity.