As is always the case with new contracts, especially for elite quarterbacks, this deal wasn't easy to get done, but Carroll credited the work of Schneider and vice president of football administration Matt Thomas for figuring out a way to keep Wilson in Seattle for years to come.
"Obviously this is a grand negotiation, and they had to figure it out," Carroll said. “They had to figure it out, it has all been part of the plan — they've known it was coming for years. The fact that they were able to make it happen and connect with Russ on his plan to really commit his future to the organization and to the fans and all ̵
Carroll also made a point to praise the role of Jody Allen, Trustee of the Paul G. Allen Trust and Chair of the Seahawks and Vulcan Inc., in the process of making a deal of this magnitude possible.
"The support from Jody Allen was huge," Carroll said. “She was involved and really supported the guys at the level where they were able to get this done. That should be missed, because she was really instrumental. She's awesome, she really is. ”Wilson is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, throwing a franchise record with just seven interceptions while posting a career-best 110.9 compass rating. And see if that came in his first season under the new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Carroll only expects to see Wilson improve going forward.
"I always told you guys that he continues to grow and get better," Carroll said last month at the NFL annual meetings in Phoenix. "Russian made a big jump last year in terms of his awareness – it was due to Schotty and the way he was coached and expected to handle the front, what was going on in the running game and all the different change-ups that we like doing. Russ was really in command of all of that. Just keep on getting better. I think the biggest jump will be between he and Schotty and their growth together. I think that will show up. He had a terrific season. He did a great job with us, he was healthy throughout, and brought that back again with the guys we have front coming back and the ability we have to run the football like we'll be committed to again. It just adds to I think it's going to have a very dynamic year. We're really excited about coming back out. ”