Russell Wilson talked about his contract, Jimmy Graham, his development as a pure passer, and more following Friday's practice.

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Here’s what Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had to say to reporters following Friday’s practice and after news that he had signed a four-year contract extension:

On if he ever took his contract negotiations personally: “I don’t think it was personal, I know it was business. At the end of the day I’m happy to be a Seahawk, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It’s a blessing, a championship type team, and the goal is to win the Super Bowl this year, Super Bowl 50 is on our minds. No matter what I was going to be focused on the season, I was going to be ready to play no matter what the circumstances. Fortunately enough, Mark [Rodgers] and I decided to set a date, because I wanted to be able to leave it all behind and just focus on the season. So around 11 o’clock last night I guess we got it figured out so it was pretty cool.”

On his emotions: “My focus the whole time has pretty much been on getting ready for the season. I’ve been excited about that, to just be able to play football again. Ultimately, no matter how much I make, down the road or in the past, or whatever, it’s always been about the game and trying to get ready. It is business, it is my job, and all of that matters, but at the end of the day you just want to get ready for the season, so I was excited about it. I’m always an optimist. I was always believing that it would work out, and I always believe that I want to play here obviously, so it’s exciting.”

On if the last couple nights were tough: “Not really, it actually got kind of easier the closer it got. I’ve had great people around me, the support, the people who just continually believe in me. So just getting ready for the season like I said. I’ve been down in San Diego mostly training down there, so my mind was pretty clear for the most part. There were some tough days every once in a while trying to figure out, am I supposed to be here or not. I think you guys kind of know my faith, that type of thing. Where it’s like, okay, am I supposed to be here or not, what’s the deal, and just trusting that the process is going to work out and just trusting the process of it all.”

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On details of his contract: “I don’t really want to get into the details, that’s not really for me to talk about. But in terms of being here, that was the most important thing, I wanted to be here. I was excited to hopefully sign, and at 11 o’clock when I get a call from Mark Rogers and he told me hey, I’m walking out the door, we just figured it out, I had a huge smile on my face.”

On how his contract changes the dynamic of the team: “I don’t think it changes the role at all. Ultimately, it’s about trying to lead as much as I can and trying to serve others and help others. For three years we’ve been pretty successful and found ways to play at a high, high level. So nothing changes, the mindset doesn’t change for me or any other guy on this football team. We got a lot of great football players, and it will be exciting to see the season. To come out here for the first time, a perfect day, to see all the fans, that’s what the game’s about. Obviously, in terms of salary cap you want to keep as many guys as we possibly can, and I don’t know anything about that stuff. I know John’s going to do a great job with that, so I’m grateful.”

On how he views other players unhappy with their contracts: “It’s all business, it’s one of the parts of the game. It’s not just this circumstance here, it’s everywhere. I’ve been talking to Kam [Chancellor], he wants to be out here, and he’s a guy that’s so determined and a guy that I respect the world out of and that gives his heart and soul every day, and every guy on this team knows that. Guys like Michael Bennett too as well, and other guys. They play so hard ever play, and I respect the process of it all. And I understand what they’re going through in terms of their decision or whatever, so you have to just respect that and let them do whatever they feel is necessary.”

On obstacles with having a big contract: “I don’t think anything, Coach Carroll and I talked for a while about that, for about fifteen minutes. I don’t think too much changes honestly. Honestly it’s just continuing to find ways to push guys and lead, and continue to listen too, and continue to learn as much as I can. Like Tater (QB coach Carl Smith) and I always say, keep taking notes and just lead by example. And ultimately that’s what’s gotten me here is the hard work. I’ve been very blessed in terms of the discipline my parents gave me as a young kid, and it doesn’t change in that aspect. We have so many guys, pretty much every guy on this team, honestly, is the same way. That’s the fun part of being on this team and this organization, is there are great people and so many great players, and guys that love to play football. So to be on this team, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.”

On receiving criticism during contract negotiations: “That’s a great question. In terms of dealing with all this, it’s always a tough thing to deal with. You don’t want to get knocked down for stuff, you know people say greedy or whatever, that doesn’t cross my mind, I just love the game of football. I’ve played it ever since I was a little kid. When you’re a little kid and you’re 5, 6, 7 years old and I pick up my dad’s football and throw it around, in my head I wanted to be an NFL quarterback for a very long time. So there’s things that come with that. There’s blessings that come with that. Ultimately, I’m happy to be hear. When I was picked with the 75th pick overall I still have the same mindset I have today, and that’s just about winning games and going 1-0 every week. In terms of Mark Rogers he’s the best guy I know honestly, other than my dad. He’s a guy that cares for me and that’s always going to have my back, so I couldn’t have anybody better honestly. So you’ve got to ignore the noise like I always say, and just don’t pay attention to it as much as you can. It’s been fun though, everywhere you walk through the process, in Seattle or if I’m in California or wherever, people are like man, go Hawks, we got to sign that thing. So as much as you try to let it leave your mind, even when you go somewhere people are like, hey what’s going on? So it’s a good thing not a bad thing to be in this situation. I always say to you guys, to be one of 32 in the world that get to be a starting quarterback in the National Football League. You know, really, I can’t complain too much. And to be the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks it’s a true honor and a blessing. There’s a lot of hard work, there’s a lot of great plays that guys have made for me, and guys have stepped up. Marshawn, the receivers, Doug, and Kearse, and so many other guys, and the defense, so it’s not just all me. I’d be the first one to say it’s not just all me, so I’m grateful, I’m really, really grateful just for the guys that put in the hard work, not just for me, but for everyone on the team. It’s been a fun joy ride, and the thing is, the train doesn’t stop. There’s a lot more to do, there’s another season, and that will never change. No matter what the circumstance, no matter what’s going on, to have a true champions mindset you’ve got to move on, you’ve got to be able to focus on the next opportunity, you’ve got to be able to zone in and lock in, no matter what the circumstances are going around you, and that’s the type of team we have.”

On how realistic this contract was when he was drafted: “For me, I’ve always believed it. I’ve always believed in being where I am today, it’s something I’ve always visualized. My dad used to always talk to me about it. My dad used to always talk about Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson, Allen Iverson from Virginia, and guys saying they used to always visualize the shot going in or whatever. Guys like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, those type of people, they’ve always talked about it. So I just kind of had to let go and try to just trust that it was all going to be handled the right way, and it was, and it’s been a fun thing for me. And the best part of it was I got to play football today. For 5, 6 months I’ve been waiting to get back onto the field again, especially after that last play. That’s one of those things, you get to get back out here and see the vision again, and continue to see the vision, and continue to focus on, like I always say, to have a championship mindset. Things are going to kind of stay the same in terms of my wording and the viewpoint, it doesn’t really change.”

On what he was doing when he received the call from his agent on his new contract: “What was I doing? I was sitting in bed, around 11 o’clock and I was actually talking to Ciara on the phone, and Mark called me. We had curfew at 10:30 so I was lying in bed, and I was like okay things are going to be interesting in the next hour. And anyways, so Mark calls me on the phone at 11 and I answer the phone and he tells me it worked out. It was one of the coolest days of my life. Being able to call my mom, even though she’s on the east coast she answered the phone, she was knocked out asleep but she answered, so that was pretty cool.”

On his confidence a deal would get done: “I’ve always been confident it was going to happen, I never really doubted it was going to happen. You kind of wonder if it’s not, okay what’s the process, I had to figure everything out. To get technical, from the insurance policy, to the this and that, I think one of the things Mark and I do really well is just make sure everything is in order just in case, so I had to do that. That was one of the things that was just the reality of the situation, even though I didn’t want that to happen, it could be an option. But in my mind I still believed it was going to happen the right way. Like I always say, I’m a believer in being optimistic, and believing that it’s going to work out. Just like I always believed in the NFC Championship game against the Packers, I believed it was going to work out even when it doesn’t look like it’s going to.”

On his development as a pure passer: “I don’t think that’s for me to judge, I think that’s for me to continue to work on. I’m fortunate enough to have a great back and hand the ball off to him and have some fun with him back in the backfield. And then I have a lot of great receivers, and some young tight ends that have been unbelievable so far, and then to add Jimmy Graham. For me, when I came in to the league, the goal, I’ll never forget I was flying from Denver, the Denver Broncos flew me out there, and it was the last visit I had. I went from Denver back to Richmond, Virginia where I live. I remember on the plane drawing all my goals out. I drew my every day goals professionally, and I also drew my, I called it legendary goals, what I want my life to look like, what do I want things to look like. That was from like and also from playing football. In terms of football, my goal was to treat every day as a new day, as if I’ve never learned the play before, and have a constant progression. I don’t expect to have it all at once, that’s the part of the process that makes it fun, it’s continuing to grow. You know if we need to throw the ball 50 times a game I’ll be ready, and that’s just one of the things I believe. I believe I can throw the ball extremely well, and to have a guy like Jimmy Graham added on to our team and then the rest of the guys that we have as well, it makes it exciting. It makes our offense really, really hard to stop and it’s already been hard enough to stop, so that will be pretty cool to watch.”

On how many points a game Jimmy Graham can add to the offense: “I don’t know we’ll have to find out come the season.”

On whether or not it was important for the contract to be competitive with other top NFL contracts: “I didn’t hear what coach said exactly, I’m sure he didn’t mean competitive in terms of my contract, I’m sure he meant just competitive just in general. I’m very competitive in terms of just how I go out and practice of the field. For me I just want to be paid based on what I’m worth, whatever that means. For me, I just hope the play speaks for itself. It’s not my job to kind of do all that, that’s why I hire Mark Rodgers and that’s why I trust him to figure everything out for me and work everything out and sure enough it did, and I get to play here for another four more years and it couldn’t be much better.”

On most notable person to talk about his contract negotiation: “I talk to guys like Derek Jeter for a little bit about it. I think President Obama mentioned it when I was out there one time too, he was like hey, they got to sign you, I think he was joking I don’t know, I took it serious. I think he mentioned something, I wasn’t paying attention, we had Stevie Wonder and Prince performing, it couldn’t get much better for me, that’s kind of where my focus was at the time, but anyways. But everybody was supportive through it all, and everybody has been, and it’s been an awesome, awesome ride so far.”

On what it’s like to have new contract money: “I don’t know yet, I’ll have to see in ten days I guess. It’s one of those things that you work for your whole life honestly. When I signed for two or three million dollars as a rookie I was fired up. So ultimately, like I said it’s not about the money or anything, it’s about playing the game, and hopefully you get rewarded for how you play. That’s the great part about sports, it’s high risk high reward. You put your life on the line every day, people don’t realize how hard it is to play the game. So to be out there it’s a fun thing.”

On whether he would splurge on anything: “There’s one thing I’ll probably buy in this city and that’s a house. Who knows when, but Mark hasn’t allowed me to buy a house yet so yeah I will probably do that at some point here.”

On whether he can still be affiliated with the Texas Rangers: “I honestly don’t even know, I don’t know.”