Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll assured that the Seahawks will not have to rebuild after quarterback Russell Wilson receives a massive contract extension.
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The Seattle Seahawks will play in Super Bowl 49 against the New England Patriots as they hope to repeat as champions, but they will face a major salary cap obstacle in the 2015 offseason.
The Seahawks have been able to maintain a strong and balanced team due to having young players who are still in their rookie contracts before signing contract extensions.
They locked up the key components of their pass defense by giving contract extensions to cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor.
However, they may be forced to part ways with key players in the near future as quarterback Russell Wilson is next up for a hefty contract extension, and he is expected to become the highest-paid player in the NFL in a similar way to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
Head coach Pete Carroll assured that extending Wilson will not mean rebuilding though. “They had to have a big sea of change in their football team because of the financial aspect of that. We don’t anticipate that. We think we’re structured in a way that we can hold on,” Carroll said to NFL.com.
Wilson only makes $3 million over his four-year contract, but his new contract will make it a challenge to retain players such as linebackers Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith.
Wide receiver Golden Tate was lost in free agency after last year’s Super Bowl victory, and running back Marshawn Lynch may be on his way out the door soon.