The offer by the club for an extension to Wilson is believed to be around $80 million. That would put him in the same ballpark with such veteran quarterbacks as Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton, but not the veteran elite such as Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Wilson has guided Seattle to the Super Bowl in each of the last two years, winning it in 2013. But running back Marshawn Lynch and the defense have generally received much of the credit. Wilson, however, is coming off another strong season in which he completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,475 yards with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
"Every negotiation is unique in and of itself and this is no different," Schneider told radio station KIRO. "He's our quarterback. We'd love him to be our quarterback. But the thing is we need to keep as many players together as we possibly can. What I can tell you is that this is the ultimate team sport. We have a track record of rewarding our players that we recognize as core players."
Schneider added that the Seahawks need to "make smart decisions" in working to maintain their winning ways for a long time.
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Wilson is under contract through 2015, but is considered underpaid in relation to other top-level players at his position. He not only led the team to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, but he is coming off a season in which he threw for 20 touchdowns and just seven interceptions.
"You never want to kill the dream of playing two sports," Wilson said. "I would honestly play two sports."
His latest statement regarding playing two sports was made to Bryant Gumbel in an interview that will air on the HBO series Real Sports.
CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on March 21 that Wilson and the Seahawks were not close to an agreement. La Canfora also said during the NFL combine that it's possible Wilson plays out his rookie deal with the team. He has a cap hit a little less than $1.7 million in the last year of his rookie contract.
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