Russell Wilson confirms he has taken out an insurance policy for the upcoming season and that discussions about his contract situation have not been a burden. Meantime, Bruce Irvin says he wants to be in Seattle.

Share story

RENTON — The last work day before summer vacation inevitably comes with a celebratory feel.

So it was with the Seahawks on Thursday as they held their one and only minicamp practice and then were excused until training camp begins in late July.

And though some unanswered questions have fueled fan angst about the futures of Russell Wilson, Michael Bennett and Bruce Irvin, nary a discouraging word was heard on this day.

Bennett and Irvin — who sat out the team’s voluntary organized team activities in apparent protest of their contracts — were back on the field for the mandatory minicamp, participating fully throughout.

Afterward, Irvin and Wilson — whose negotiations for a contract extension have dominated conversation about the team of late — each met the media and said all the right things.

Wilson reiterated much of what he said last month, repeating that while he hopes to have an extension done by the time training camp begins, he is prepared to play the 2015 season without a new deal.

“It would be nice,’’ he said when asked if he hoped to have a new deal by training camp. “But if not, I’ll be ready to go.”

Wilson confirmed one recent revelation — that he has taken out an insurance policy that would pay millions if he suffers a career-ending injury in 2015 (he also had a similar policy in 2014). But he also characterized it as mostly business as usual for someone in his situation.

Wilson also said the constant discussion of his contract has not proven a burden. Mostly, Wilson said he didn’t want to go into detail about what he calls “a private matter” and talked of his excitement over returning in six weeks.

“I love playing here,” he said. “Hopefully, it will work out.”

Coach Pete Carroll also said he remained optimistic the negotiations will soon prove fruitful.

“They’re still working at it, and I’m hopeful,” Carroll said. “We’re hopeful. That’s why we’re working.” Even if it takes into the season, with Carroll saying — as would be expected — that he isn’t stuck to any deadline for getting a deal completed.

“I don’t care how long we keep working,” he said. “Whatever it takes to do the right thing.”

Irvin’s theme was much the same.

The Seahawks last month declined to pick up an option on his contract for the 2016 season that would have paid him $7.8 million. Afterward, Irvin, the team’s first-round pick in 2012, took to Twitter to vent some frustration and later was quoted as saying that “I’m going to be in Atlanta next season. I’m ready.” Irvin, who grew up in Atlanta, made the comments while attending an Atlanta Hawks game.

Thursday, he said his comments about Atlanta were misinterpreted and that he hopes to work out a long-term deal to stay with the Seahawks. The team has said repeatedly that not picking up the option does not mean Irvin does not remain in their plans.

“I want to be in Seattle,” Irvin said. “Obviously my words got misinterpreted. 2012, I had a lot of questions coming out before the draft so Pete and (general manager) John (Schneider), they stuck their neck out for me and took me in the first round. So why wouldn’t I want to be here?

“I’m from Atlanta, my whole family is still in Atlanta. That’s every kid’s dream to play for their home team. But right now I’m in Seattle, and hopefully, that’s for the rest of my career.”

Irvin said that while he was surprised the team did not pick up the option he understood that it’s business, and said that it will give him “extra motivation’’ for the 2015 season.

“It is what it is,” Irvin said. “They’ve got a lot of people to take care of. You’ve got Bobby (middle linebacker Bobby Wagner), who deserves his money. Russell, who deserves his money. So like I said, it’s a business, and that stuff will work itself out.”

Bennett has said he wants the team to renegotiate his contract, a four-year deal signed in March, 2014.

Bennett did not speak to the media. But Carroll said he made his loudest statement by showing up in shape despite having not been with the team much in the offseason.

“He looked fine,” Carroll said. “He’s worked really hard.”

Also back was running back Marshawn Lynch, who regularly skips voluntary workouts. Lynch didn’t do any on-field work, but Carroll said he saw what he needed to of the Seahawks running back.

“I can’t imagine him not being in amazing shape like he was last year,” Carroll said. “I think he’ll try to top that this year, so I have no problems with that.”

It was that kind of day.