Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson only has one year left on his contract after this season, and signs are already pointing to the four-time Pro Bowler leaving the team rather than sign an extension.
Citing sources,Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Wilson faces an "uncertain" future in the Pacific Northwest, as he and the Seahawks haven't had "a single conversation about a new contract," nor are " negotiations are planned or even expected."
Here's the other catch: La Canfora also said that some general managers think Seattle could land a trio of first-round picks in a trade for Wilson. Whether or not Seattle would consider going that route is anybody's guess, however.
With their Super Bowl window all but closed, you can't help but wonder if the Seahawks would try to rebuild by unloading Wilson for a trio of first-round picks. He is a franchise quarterback, but Wilson turns 30 years of age in November, and there isn't a whole lot of talent to support him right now.
The Seahawks began a rebuilding stage in the offseason, letting go of many key players from their Super Bowl 48 championship team on defense. This included Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Jeremy Lane and Cliff Avril, while Kam Chancellor announced is retirement because of a nagging neck injury.
It's worth noting that the previous contract negotiations also dragged on between Wilson's camp and the Seahawks. He didn't sign his four-year, $86.7 million extension in 2015 until July 31, just over a month before the regular season began.
Wilson is already the greatest quarterback in Seahawks history, and he's widely responsible for turning this long-time struggling franchise into a title contender. Five trips to the playoffs, two NFC Championship victories and one Super Bowl victory are nothing to laugh at.
But the fact they haven't held contract talks is already concerning, and if a new deal doesn't get done by the time the 2019 season rolls around, there's good reason to believe that Wilson will leave Seattle. The only question would be if it's in a trade or via free agency.