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There hasn’t been much on-the-record talk about Russell Wilson’s contract negotiations for a little while — and little indication that much is being done behind the scenes.

But Seattle coach Pete Carroll did briefly break the silence on the topic Tuesday when asked about the negotiations while appearing at the Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in Los Angeles.

Emphasis on brief, as you can see in the video below from

Here’s what Carroll said: “Well, he’s crucial, as are all of our guys, and we want him back playing for us forever. There’s a lot of work being done. It’s underway right now and maybe it happens, I don’t know. We’re hoping for it.”

Translation? Nothing has changed since the last time Carroll and Wilson talked on the topic when the Seahawks held mini-camp in June.

The biggest road block is thought to remain the amount of fully guaranteed money, which by NFL rules is required to be fully funded by the team at signing.

Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, has talked of there being no deadline, a point he reiterated in a recent Tweet that also included the words “patience” and “relax.” But it wouldn’t be a surprise if talks picked up some as the beginning of training camp nears on July 31.