The two-time defending NFC Champion QB will be absent from the first few days of team workouts.
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Seattle Seahawks starting QB Russell Wilson is slated to miss the start of organized team activities (OTAs) on Tuesday, not for contract reasons, but to attend a funeral with starting TE Jimmy Graham.
Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN in Seattle reported that Wilson, along with newly acquired Pro Bowl TE Jimmy Graham and starting DE Cliff Avril, informed the Seahawks that they would miss the start of voluntary OTAs to deal with separate personal matters.
Russell Wilson with TE Jimmy Graham tending to a personal matter. It’s a voluntary workout so need for permission. Team is aware.
— Danny O’Neil (@dannyoneil) May 26, 2015
NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport later reported that the underlying reason was that Wilson wanted to be in Miami with Graham, who recently lost his manager and mentor, Tamara Meyerson and will be attending her funeral.
Nice gesture by QB Russell Wilson to represent #Seahawks players in FL at today’s funeral of Tammy Meyerson, teammate Jimmy Graham’s mentor
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 26, 2015
Wilson is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Seahawks, who drafted him 75th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, and is seeking a big new contract as reward for three straight years of bringing the Seahawks to the playoffs. Wilson led the Seahawks to a win over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and a narrow loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
Thus far Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill is the only member of a star-studded QB class to have received a big-time contract extension. Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, Washington QB Robert Griffin III and St. Louis Rams QB Nick Foles are all seeking long-term extensions. Tannehill received over $80 million from the Dolphins, which may set a rather high starting point for the teams looking to extend their Pro Bowl QBs.