The 2016 base salaries for five key Seahawks become almost fully or fully guaranteed on Saturday.

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Saturday is sort of a big one for five key Seahawks, whose base salaries become almost fully or totally guaranteed —- quarterback Russell Wilson, safety Earl Thomas, defensive end Cliff Avril, linebacker K.J. Wright and cornerback Richard Sherman.

Joel Corry of has the details here, noting that $6 million of Thomas’ $8 million base becomes guaranteed Saturday while the rest have all of their base guaranteed — Sherman, $12.569 million;  Wilson, $12.342 million; Avril, $6 million; and Wright, $5.25 million.

None of that is unexpected as all five are core players expected to be back. But it is a step in putting more formality to Seattle’s salary structure as the team goes about putting together its 2016 roster (and worth noting those are their base salaries and not necessarily their salary cap hits).

Passing along a few other notes.  …

  • has a recap of a report from Jessamyn McIntrye that Tarvaris Jackson intends to test free agency. That’s no surprise as Jackson didn’t re-sign with the Seahawks last year until June as Jackson sought a team where he might have a better chance to play. Jackson has been a trusted and reliable backup QB for the Seahawks the past three years, but hasn’t had to take a competitive snap. Seattle recently signed free agent Phillip Sims and could maybe try to save a little money on the backup QB front. However, Sims is the only other QB on the roster at the moment besides Wilson with B.J. Daniels now in Houston, so the Seahawks will undoubtedly sign another player or two at that spot prior to training camp. Jackson will turn 33 in April and made a guaranteed $1.5 million (including a base salary of $1.25 million that was guaranteed) last season.
  • Tight end Luke Willson became one of the members of the NFL’s draft class of 2013 to get a little raise thanks to the performance escalators clause in the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. Pro Football Rumors has details here.