Russell Wilson wants to wear No. 3 in a Seahawks uniform for a "long time."
The Seattle signal caller made that much clear following the club's fifth set of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday at Renton's Virginia Mason Athletic Center, where Wilson was repeatedly asked about the ongoing talks between his agent, Mark Rodgers, and the team, as the two sides work on an extension of his rookie contract that expires after the 2015 season.
"I'm focused on football - I'm going to be the boring, cliche answer, but it's the truth," Wilson admitted. "Ultimately, I believe it will work out and I hope that it does. I just take it one day at a time. It's a private matter, I don't really talk about that kind of stuff. I'm here to play football and [my agent] is there to work out deals and figure out things.
"But my focus is on football and trying to win football games for us."
Wilson has done plenty of that since entering the League as a third-round pick (No. 75 overall) in 2012, leading the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowls and claiming the team's first Lombardi Trophy while piling up 36 wins in the regular season - the most-ever for a starting quarterback through his first three seasons (since 1966).
This offseason, amidst plenty of media hype centered on the development of his new deal, Wilson said his "sole focus" has been improving himself on the field and in the locker room.
Looking for examples? Well, Wilson spent time training in San Diego, Calif. following February's Super Bowl loss to work on his speed, strength, and footwork. In April, he captained a player-only trip to the Hawaiian Islands, where Seahawks offensive and defensive players took part in practice sessions and conditioning drills. And this past week, Wilson spent time with newly-acquired tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Cliff Avril as the pair dealt with losses in their respective families.
"I think as much as anybody can deal with it, Russell will," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said last week of how the uncertainty surrounding Wilson's next contract might impact his 2015 preparation. "We've talked a lot about the process of it, expectations. He's had a great offseason. He's looked incredibly in shape, faster than ever. He's worked great on the field when he's been with us. He's really set his mind to it. The proof is in the action that he can put out there. He's on it.
"So we'll hopefully get something done, but if we don't we'll just have to deal with that. But we're very close in our conversation and in our exchange and our process through this. The communication has been great."
Wilson emphasized he's "always wanted" to spend the entirety of his NFL career in one city and stated he is "100 percent" prepared to play out the 2015 season under his current contract if the two sides aren't able to come to terms on an extension.
"I want to be here for a long time, but if that's the case I've just got to get ready to play," said Wilson. "I love the game and I love being out here with these guys and just playing."
At this point - in the beginning of June with three months to go before the start of the regular season - Wilson noted nothing has discouraged him about the contract process that makes him think it's not going to work.
"I just think ultimately I'm one of those guys that believes in just trying to do your best, and if it's meant to be, it's meant to be," said Wilson. "So hopefully it's meant to be and we'll just keep moving forward.
"I'm just grateful," he added. "I'm truly grateful to be able to be around the guys I'm around and the people I get to be around. I love this city and it's been a special time for me."
Jimmy Graham and Russell Wilson showed off their red-zone chemistry in front of an open media practice today during organized team activity.