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Russell Wilson: I didn't ask Seahawks for new contract

Russell Wilson insists he isn't pushing for a pay hike from the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday that a representative from Wilson's camp contacted the team, "insisting that something had to be done to adjust the bargain rookie contract for the third-round quarterback."

The Seahawks reminded the rep that rookie wage rules housed in the collective bargaining agreement forbid them from restructuring Wilson's contract until after the third year.

Wilson insists he had nothing to do with the call. The young quarterback told Peter King: "I speak for myself. I never demanded or asked for a restructured contract."

It doesn't matter what Wilson accomplishes on the field. He's locked into the deal that netted him a $619,472 signing bonus after becoming the 75th overall pick in last April's draft. He's set to earn $526,217 in 2013 and $662,434 the following season. Wilson's $798,651 salary in 2015 is up for negotiation.

If Wilson builds off his sensational first-year campaign, he's going to make a bundle in time, but the days of heady rookie contracts are over under the new CBA.

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