PHOENIX — The best of the market place for inside linebackers just shot way up, but the increasing value tag does not appear to have dampened coach Pete Carroll’s optimism about the Seattle Seahawks obtaining an extension accomplished this offseason with Bobby Wagner.

Speaking from the owners meetings on Tuesday, Carroll did not have considerably to say about a feasible extension for quarterback Russell Wilson, who like Wagner is getting into the final year of his contract. But the coach expressed self-assurance that Seattle would be capable to lock up its All-Pro linebacker.

“Definitely,” Carroll stated when asked if talks have begun with Wagner. “We have met with Bobby just sort of in prelude to what it requires to do that. He’s an outstanding player and been an outstanding aspect of our system and the neighborhood and all that. Bobby’s going to be a Seahawk.”

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Wagner, who will turn 29 in June, has produced 5 consecutive Pro Bowls though getting named a initial-group All-Pro 4 instances in that span. He has topped 100 tackles just about every season because Seattle drafted him in the second round in 2012, and according to ESPN charting, he leads the NFL in tackles more than the previous 5 seasons with 656.

It is no surprise that the Seahawks want to extend Wagner, provided his production and his improved value to a defense that is extra centered about him following the departures of Pro Bowlers Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and now Earl Thomas. But Carroll’s self-assurance that a deal will get accomplished is noteworthy, provided the economic landscape at the position.

C.J. Mosley, who has produced the Pro Bowl in 4 of his 5 seasons but has but to make the All-Pro group, is now the league’s highest-paid inside linebacker following joining the New York Jets on a deal that averages $17 million per season. Kwon Alexander of the San Francisco 49ers is subsequent at $13.five million, according to Spotrac.com. Wagner’s existing deal averages $10.75 million.

The negotiating dynamics will be distinct this time as compared with when Wagner signed his final extension in 2015. He is with out an agent and is representing himself. Left tackle Russell Okung also had ditched his agent when he left the Seahawks in 2016, as had Sherman when Seattle released him final offseason.

“It is extra difficult [for players representing themselves] that they can know, since to get by way of the procedure, there is a lot to it,” Carroll stated. “Bobby’s going to have great assistance about him he has asked a lot of inquiries so that he will be ready to deal with it, and I know he’ll do a great job and all. But it is perhaps extra tricky than I consider a guy can think about going into it the initial time. The conversations and concern and stuff to find out and all that, I consider he’s seeking forward to that, just to see what it is all about.

“We have a wonderful connection with Bobby and tremendous respect for him, and he does for the organization, so I do not consider there will be any complications — but I do consider it is difficult. We’ll just perform our way by way of it. But all the intentions are that we’re going to get a thing accomplished and we’re going to have him, so that is understood. He understands that as properly, so we’ve just got to figure it out.”

Carroll noted that the Seahawks’ re-signing of fellow-linebacker K.J. Wright should really assist in their efforts with Wagner, provided how close the two are.

“That may well have been the very best issue we did to negotiate with Bobby,” Carroll stated. “These guys are wonderful close friends, and they are just warriors. They’ve been by way of it all collectively. Bobby was instrumental in the entire procedure.”

If the Seahawks stick to their typical order of offseason business enterprise, an extension for Wagner would not come till following subsequent month’s NFL draft. That is when they usually have accomplished early extensions for players currently beneath contract for the upcoming season. It wasn’t till the start off of instruction camp in 2015 that the Seahawks extended Wilson and Wagner inside days of every other.

As for any talks on an extension for Wilson, Carroll stated only: “We’ve been in communication, positive. It is incredibly topical. We’re on it.”