Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote Saturday that Seattle is offering up to $21 million per season “with significant guaranteed money.” That would put the three-year veteran behind only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($22 million per season on average) and Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million) among quarterbacks league wide.
But apparently the significant guaranteed money isn’t significant — or guaranteed — enough.
Florio wrote that Wilson and Rodgers turned down the latest offer over the amount of fully guaranteed money it offered to Wilson, who’s scheduled to make $1.52 million in 2015.
Here’s how NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport described the situation on Sunday:
“Sources familiar with the situation say Wilson would make (under the latest offer) below $20 million cash up front,” he wrote. “Those in Seattle say there are significant guarantees, but most of the guarantees are simply for injury only.”
“For injury only” means not fully guaranteed, and that seems to be the major sticking point between the parties.
Florio, writing again on Sunday, predicted that the Seahawks and owner Paul Allen are unlikely to offer more fully guaranteed money. That’s at least in part because the league doesn’t want contracts with a high percentage of fully-guaranteed money to become the new normal.
“Because the NFL requires all future fully-guaranteed payments to be funded at the initiation of the deal by putting the money into escrow, the Seahawks are expected to push back,” he wrote.
Rapoport, who reported earlier in the month that Wilson and Rodgers are likely to end negotiations for the season at the start of training camp on Friday, went on to write that “negotiations are ongoing, Wilson hasn’t turned anything down outright, and nothing has been taken off the table.”