The Seattle Seahawks began their three-day mandatory minicamp today and one person not adhering to the "mandatory" part is middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, who again was on hand but not in full participation.
Wagner, who has one year remaining on his contract, is putting forth a mini holdout until a new deal has been consummated. "Mini" because unlike former safety Earl Thomas last year, Wagner is at least on hand for workouts but not actually taking part in them, as he did during the voluntary organized team activities held the previous two weeks.
The five-time Pro Bowler is acting as his own agent and has made it clear that he wants his new deal to eclipse the contract the New York Jets gave to D.J. Mosely when they lured him away from Baltimore with a five-year, $85 million deal that included $35 million in guaranteed cash (originally reported to be $51 million). So far, Seattle coach Pete Carroll says the negotiations with Wagner have gone well.
"He’s handled it beautifully," Carroll told reporters today. "You know, Bobby’s an incredible player in this program and everything that he does, just his presence is obvious. He’s been around for everything. He’s been involved with everything and he’s handled it exactly the way he should under these circumstances."