The Seattle Seahawks have some major contract situations to figure out ahead of the 2021 season. Offensive tackle Duane Brown and safety Jamal Adams are two of the most important players on the roster, and Russell Wilson has reportedly informed the team that he’s here to help.
Wilson has had a very interesting offseason. He was in the ranks of superstar quarterbacks reportedly upset with their situations earlier in the year, but backed off of things pretty quickly. Now, things are reportedly good between him and the franchise, and he’s reportedly ready to alter his own deal to help the team.
“Not having Duane Brown out there is a pretty significant deal because I think he’s one of the best left tackles in the game, there’s no arguing it,” Wilson said this week. “So we definitely want to be able to get him back out there. We’ve got to figure that out because we need Duane Brown.”
The same goes for Adams, one of the biggest defensive playmakers in the sport, apparently. Bob Condotta and Adam Jude of the Seattle Times report that Wilson has informed the team that he’s willing to rework his deal.
NEW: Contract talks between Jamal Adams and Seahawks are at a standstill; Russell Wilson, meanwhile, has let the team know he is willing to restructure his deal to create cap space for Adams + Duane Brown. Reporting with @bcondotta here: https://t.co/as3686XsUe
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) August 11, 2021
The Seahawks currently have $8.3 million in cap space, which may make things tricky for signing both Brown and Adams. Per Condotta and Jude, deals could be made to open up space for 2021, but reworking Wilson’s deal could give them far more flexibility.
The team can turn $17.9 of the $19 million that Wilson will earn this year into a signing bonus, opening up that room under the cap. Pete Carroll said that they have had discussions about it.
The team doesn’t technically need Wilson’s permission to restructure his contract — it’s written in the deal that the team can do so at any time. But it’s generally an accepted practice in the NFL for teams and players to agree on a restructure before one occurs.
Carroll said in the spring that the team has discussed with Wilson restructuring his deal if needed.
“We have talked about all of that, as we do every year,’’ Carroll said, adding, “It just hasn’t been necessary at this point.’’
Allotting that money as a signing bonus now would push the cap hit for Russell Wilson further onto the 2022 and 2023 seasons, up to $42.9 and $45.9 million respectively, which could become a problem down the road. We’ve seen numerous teams up against the cap creatively figure their way out of it, and Seattle would likely be no different. They’re clearly in win-now mode, and these are the types of moves that can get teams over the hump and keep their stars happy.