RENTON, Wash. — Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson signed a four-year contract extension with the Seahawks on Friday, keeping him with the franchise that took him in the third round of the 2012 draft and watched him become one of the most successful young quarterbacks in NFL history.
“Blessed to be w/ this organization for 4 more years! Can’t wait to get on field w/ the fellas!” Wilson tweeted early Friday morning.
The team formally announced the agreement shortly before Seattle’s first training camp practice, an unofficial negotiation deadline between the sides. MMQB.com reported the extension is for four years and $87.6 million. Wilson’s representatives did not immediately return messages seeking comment.
About to begin his fourth season, Wilson has led Seattle to the playoffs all three seasons, beating Denver in the Super Bowl in his second season before losing to New England in the title game last February.
He’s also been a bargain for Seattle financially. The 2015 season was the first time Wilson was scheduled to make more than $1 million.
That’s about to change.
Wilson’s contract status was the biggest story in Seattle, and the more time passed without an agreement the more conjecture grew about his long-term status with the team. There was growing concern that Wilson would play out the final season of his rookie contract and then test free agency. The Seahawks likely would have used the franchise tag to keep Wilson for the 2016 season but at a cost that would significantly hamper their salary cap situation.
Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, said a number of times during the offseason that the quarterback had financially planned to be playing for $1.5 million. Wilson took out an insurance policy to protect against injury just in case no extension was reached.
Last season, Wilson threw for 3,475 yards and 20 touchdowns against just seven interceptions in the regular season. He added another 849 yards rushing and six scores,
Also, Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas is starting training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
Thomas had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder during the offseason and was in uniform but just a spectator when the Seahawks opened training camp Friday.
Joining Thomas on the PUP list are defensive backs Jeremy Lane and Tharold Simon of LSU. Lane suffered serious arm and knee injuries in the Super Bowl, while Simon (shoulder) is hopeful of playing in the preseason. Paul Richardson (knee) is also on the PUP list.
Seattle placed defensive tackle Jesse Williams and defensive back Dion Bailey on the non-football injury list. Williams is recovering from surgery after being diagnosed with kidney cancer.
WILLIAMS PASSES PHYSICAL, JOINS CAMP: In Pittsford, N.Y., the defensive end Mario Williams passed his physical and was activated in time for the team’s opening practice at training camp.
Williams joined his teammates on the field in suburban Rochester on Friday morning.
Williams was on the active/non-football injury list, though the Bills did not disclose the nature of his injury.
Williams has started every game in his three seasons with the Bills. He participated in the team’s offseason activities.
Cornerback Leodis McKelvin and kicker Dan Carpenter were also placed on the list Thursday, which is designated for injuries sustained outside of team activities.
JONES REACHES AGREEMENT: In East Rutherford, N.J., the Giants reached a contract agreement with veteran receiver James Jones.
Coach Tom Coughlin confirmed the agreement Friday in a deal that adds depth to a receiving corps that includes Odell Beckham Jr., Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle. Beckham Jr. and Randle are former LSU receivers.
Entering his ninth NFL season, Jones had 73 catches for 666 yards and six touchdowns with the Oakland Raiders in 2014. He spent his first seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, with his best year coming in 2012 when he had 98 catches, including 14 for touchdowns.
During his time with the Packers, Jones worked with current Giants offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, so he should be familiar with the offensive system.
Jones has 383 career catches for 4,971 yards and 43 touchdowns.
MURPHY, SPENCE WILL MISS START OF CAMP WITH INJURIES: In Tampa, Fla., Tampa Bay placed receiver Louis Murphy on the active/non-football injury list with an ankle injury that will sideline him for the start of training camp.
Coach Lovie Smith also said Friday that defensive tackle Akeem Spence has a back injury that will prevent him from practicing. Spence was placed on the active/physically unable to perform list.
Both players still count on the 90-man roster.
Off the field
BATTERY CHARGE AGAINST BILLS COACH KROMER DROPPED: In Fort Walton Beach, Fla., prosecutors say they’ve dropped a battery charge against Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer, who was accused of punching a boy in the face for using his beach chairs in Florida.
The State Attorney’s Office filed a motion Friday to drop a charge of battery that caused bodily harm.
The Walton County Sheriff’s Office said Kromer, a former Saints assistant coach, was arrested earlier this month after he confronted two boys, pushing one to the ground and punching him.
A statement from prosecutors, provided to The Associated Press by the Northwest Florida Daily News, said the boys’ parents requested charges be dropped to prevent further disruption to their lives.
JUDGE SUGGESTS GOODELL, BRADY APPEAR IN COURT AUG. 12, 19: In New York, the federal judge handling Tom Brady’s attempt to overturn his four-game suspension strongly suggested the New England quarterback and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appear in court on Aug. 12 and 19.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman told the sides Friday he had scheduled conferences on both days “with your principles (including, without limitation, Mr. Goodell and Mr. Brady).” He also requested the parties “engage in comprehensive, good-faith settlement discussions prior to the conference on August 12.”
Earlier in the day, the NFL and the players’ union said they wanted Berman to resolve their dispute over Brady’s suspension by Sept. 4 — six days before the Patriots’ opener.
Brady was suspended for his role in the use of deflated footballs in the AFC championship game in January. Goodell upheld the suspension Tuesday after Brady appealed.
JETS, BOWLES SURPRISED, DISAPPOINTED RICHARDSON HID ARREST: In Florham Park, N.J., Todd Bowles and the New York Jets had no idea about Sheldon Richardson’s latest troubles until media reports started popping up early Thursday night. That’s around the same time Richardson’s parents found out, too.
The defensive lineman hid his arrest on July 14 in Missouri from the team and his family, hoping it might take a while — if ever — to come out. The coach and the rest of the team were disappointed by the defensive lineman’s arrest — and stunned that Richardson didn’t disclose it to the team.
“You lose a lot of trust,” Bowles said after practice Friday.
Richardson was charged Thursday with resisting arrest in Missouri less than two weeks after he was suspended four games by the NFL for violating the league’s drug abuse policy. According to the police report, Richardson was caught racing another car while going as fast as 143 mph before speeding away from police, blowing through a traffic light in the process, with three passengers, including a 12-year-old boy.
“He hasn’t been smart,” Bowles said. “He hasn’t been clear in the head, and clearly he needs some help.”
The Jets and the NFL are looking into the situation, although any punishment would likely not happen until the legal process plays out.
BREELAND SUSPENDED BY NFL, THEN INJURED AT PRACTICE: In Richmond, Va., Redskins cornerback Bashaud Breeland was suspended by the NFL on Friday, nearly a year after being cited for marijuana possession, then was carted off the field because he got injured in practice.
It was not immediately known how badly hurt Breeland might have been. His leg gave out from under him when a receiver he was covering made a cut.
Breeland went down to the ground a couple of hours after the league announced that he had been suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
He can participate in preseason practices and exhibition games, but will have to sit out a regular-season game.
He played in 15 games and made two interceptions last season for the Redskins, who went 4-12 and finished last in the NFC East for the sixth time in seven years.
Breeland was expected to contend for a starting spot in the secondary this season.
CLEMONS ARRIVES AT TRAINING CAMP, SITS OUT PRACTICE: In Jacksonville, Fla., Jacksonville defensive end Chris Clemons made it to training camp in time for the opening practice.
It could be a few days before he actually gets on the field.
The Jaguars placed Clemons on the active/non-football injury list Friday, a day after he failed to report for camp because of personal issues. He drove in from Georgia late Thursday night and joined teammates for meetings Friday morning. But it remains unclear when Clemons will take part in drills.
Coach Gus Bradley declined to reveal the nature of Clemons’ injury.