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Posted On June 21, 2021
By DAVID WALKER, Associated Press The Seattle Seahawks, at least at first glance, look like they’re on the verge of winning a Super Bowl title.
They’re leading the NFC West, they have a winning record, and they have their young, dynamic roster.
But if they lose Sunday to the New Orleans Saints, they’ll likely miss the playoffs.
It’s hard to imagine the Seahawks going back to the Super Bowl.
“It’s going to be the most difficult year of my life,” quarterback Russell Wilson said of his return to Seattle.
“I’ve never been so proud.
It would have been a lot different for me if I didn’t get the opportunity to be part of this.”
Wilson is the first player to lead the NFL in rushing in his first year back from a concussion.
He’s the first quarterback to rush for at least 1,000 yards in his NFL career and the first to have a passer rating of 120.6 in a season when the team was ranked No. 1 in both categories.
Wilson said the Seahawks had the best offseason he’s ever seen.
He signed a four-year contract extension with a $90 million base salary.
Wilson also added $40 million to the salary cap, and the team has added five more wide receivers and a sixth wide receiver.
He’ll receive $30 million in roster bonuses.
“This year we’ve made some major changes,” coach Pete Carroll said.
“We signed some new free agents and added some players who have played a lot of football.
We also added a bunch of younger players who will help us get to the next level.”
Wilson will be a restricted free agent in 2019, but the Seahawks have the right to match any contract he signs.
He also will be able to sign with another team if the team chooses to make him a free agent.
The Seahawks are set to make at least two trades to clear cap space this week: The Seattle Super Bowl championship ring was traded for the NFC championship trophy, which is currently on display at the Seahawks’ new home at CenturyLink Field.
That ring, which was given to Seattle’s All-Pro quarterback in the Superdome last year, is now on display in the locker room.
The team will also acquire a second ring, possibly the MVP trophy, that Wilson used to win the Superbowl.
“They made the right trade, and I’m excited to go to the game with my family,” Wilson said.
The Super Bowl is the last game before the league’s three-day bye, but Wilson has plenty of other reasons to watch.
“He’s the best quarterback in our division right now,” Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner said.
Wilson will try to win his fourth MVP Award when the Seahawks host the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday in their final game before their bye.
Wilson is averaging a team-best 9.1 yards per attempt and has thrown for 4,821 yards, which ranks fourth in the NFL.
The Seattle offense ranks second in the league with a league-best 6,053 yards, but that’s still well short of Wilson’s career total of 18,715.
He threw for 3,611 yards in 2011.
Wilson’s season total of 12,085 yards is tied for fourth most in NFL history, but it’s still only behind Joe Montana’s 14,912 in 1988 and ahead of Brett Favre’s 11,861 in 2000.
Wilson and Montana are both playing on the heels of the injury that sidelined them the entire season.
Wilson played the first half of the season without a right leg, and he said he hopes to play in a limited role in the regular season.
“There’s not a lot left to do with that leg, so I’m just trying to do everything I can,” Wilson told reporters in a press conference on Thursday.
Wilson had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee in October.
“A lot of guys have suffered similar injuries, but I’ve been lucky to be able go through this,” Wilson added.
Wilson was a third-round draft pick out of Ohio State in 2016 and signed a three-year, $31 million contract with the Seahawks.
Wilson missed the entire 2015 season after tearing his left ACL in a preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The injury was the first major setback for the Seattle quarterback, who had a breakout rookie season in 2015.
Wilson led the NFL with 3,836 yards passing and finished with a career passer rating in the top three of the NFL, including a passer mark of 110.5.
Wilson threw for 442 yards and five touchdowns in the playoffs, including one in overtime that sealed the Seahawks title.
“That was my first championship,” Wilson joked.
“My dad’s been in the game.
My grandfather played in it.
My mom played in the same game as me.”
Wilson had been considered a top-10 pick in this year’s NFL draft, but he struggled in his rookie season.
He had only a