The Seattle Seahawks could lock up Russell Wilson to a long-term contract that is fully guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Seattle is at a crossroads as much of its young talent is relatively inexpensive. As those contracts near their end, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider face the unenviable challenge of trying to keep their core of players intact.
The Super Bowl-winning quarterback falls at the center of that, and fully guaranteeing his contract, an unprecedented move for quarterbacks and a rarity in the NFL, could work to the Seahawks' advantage. The thinking behind the move would be that Wilson could be willing to take less money if the contract is fully guaranteed, thus giving the team more cap flexibility to build around him.
Marshawn Lynch could receive a new deal as well, which would further complicate matters when it comes to Wilson. It's no secret that he'll be expensive, but both sides are in a holding pattern while the running back decides his future.
Ryan Clark announces retirement after 13 NFL seasons
Washington safety Ryan Clark officially announced his retirement on Thursday, according to the team's official website. He played for the New York Giants, Washington and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's not feeling nostalgic about it all yet, however, saying that the emotions will come later in the summer.
Via Washington's blog:
"I would have to think that those emotions come more in late July, early August, when you got a ton friends who are getting ready to go play football and you’re not suiting up. I think that’ll be the time that it really hits you that you’re not doing it anymore."
Though his career will end in Washington, Clark had his most productive years with the Steelers, where he made six playoff appearances and won a Super Bowl in 2009. During that stint in Pittsburgh, he started 109 regular season games.
Brandon Bostick finds a new NFC North home with Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings claimed former Green Bay Packers tight end Brandon Bostick off waivers on Wednesday. The Vikings' official website reports the third-year pro will become the fifth tight end on their roster, joining Kyle Rudolph, Rhett Ellison, Chase Ford and Ryan Otten.
Bostick was at the center of the Packers' infamous failed onside kick recovery that gave the Seahawks an opportunity to complete a come-from-behind victory in the NFC Championship. Bostick couldn't hang on to the kickoff after attempting to field it, and the Seahawks subsequently recovered and went on to win, 28-22.
Perhaps a change of scenery could benefit Bostick, who will compete for a spot on the roster. He struggled to find the field while in Green Bay, playing just 34 snaps in 2014. At 26 years old, his best football could still be ahead of him.
Jim Tomsula confirms 49ers are talking contracts with Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree
The San Francisco 49ers are in the process of negotiating terms of new contracts for running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree, head coach Jim Tomsula confirmed with the media on Thursday via ESPN's Paul Gutierrez.
Both players' futures with the team remain cloudy as the NFL Combine gets underway, but general manager Trent Baalke has indicated he would like both to return. Gore will play next season at age 32, so it's difficult to envision him warranting a large contract similar to that of a feature back.
As for Crabtree, Tomsula said he "absolutely" wanted his wideout back in Santa Clara next season.
Seahawks' Jeremy Lane could miss start of 2015 season due to surgery
Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane will need surgery after suffering a torn ACL in addition to a broken arm suffered during the return of an interception off Tom Brady, according to Nick Shook of Around the NFL.
The arm injury looked gruesome, yet may not have been the worst injury he suffered on the play. Lane also hurt his knee and could be out through training camp and into the early part of 2015. That would leave Seattle vulnerable at the cornerback position.
Behind All-Pro Richard Sherman and Lane, only Byron Maxwell and Tharold Simon are left as viable options. Maxwell could depart in free agency, while Simon struggled in limited duty. The situation could prompt Seattle to take a corner early in the draft or acquire one via free agency in March.