by Paul Wanecski
Not many teams can retain talent like the Seattle Seahawks have the last 3 seasons. They have been able to retain young talent through contract extensions and have had the luxury of paying pennies on the dollar for Russell Wilson at QB. That is about to change.
With well over $100 million on the books for 2016 already, Seattle will struggle to be able to give Russell Wilson an offer equal to what he would find on the free agent market. Enter the Buffalo Bills. With the Bills positioned for 2016 with significantly better headroom to create salary cap space, it is very possible that the Bills would be able to offer a contract that exceeds what Joe Flacco was offered (average of $20 million per season with 29 million guaranteed ). Seattle likes to control games with defense. They are not a high octane offense. While the Bills would clearly not be the only suitor, the wealth of young talent and dominating defense would be the best situation for Wilson to slide into. Will Seatlle let him test the market? He would be an obvious candidate for the franchise tag, but, if they were to use the non-exclusive tag, The Bills may pay the two 1st round compensation picks to bring him to One Bills Drive.