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Wilson wants to stay in Seattle but is used to moving


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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told a North Carolina radio show on Monday that he hopes to stay in Seattle, “but I’ve also gone through ups and downs and been moved around before.”

Wilson’s reference was to his forced move from North Carolina State to Wisconsin for his final year of college football after N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien wouldn’t let him play minor-league baseball.

Wilson is engaged in contract talks with the Seahawks, but the sides reportedly have been stuck on the amount of guaranteed money, and Wilson is preparing to play out his rookie contract, which will pay him $1.54 million in 2015.

He has purchased insurance in case he suffers a career-ending injury before he gets a contract extension.

On Monday, he told 99.9 The Fan in Raleigh, “At the end of the day I trust the process. I know God’s going to take me and put me where he wants to have me. I hope that’s Seattle. I love it there; it’s a great place. But I’ve also gone through the ups and downs and been moved around before. I loved N.C. State and loved playing there and then having to go somewhere else and start new.”

If Wilson plays out the final year of his rookie deal and does not reach agreement on a new contract by February, the Seahawks very likely would place the franchise tag on him. That would pay him about $20 million in 2016. They also could tag him again in 2017 and 2018, although the cost likely would be prohibitive by the final year.

Later Monday, he tweeted, “Change is a constant! & Success is never final! #NoTime2Sleep.”

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