Russell Wilson to Miss Start of OTAs

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson speaks to reporters during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the team's compound in Phoenix, Arizona, JANUARY 25, 2015. The Seahawks will take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, February 1. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will miss the start of the team’s organized team activities on Tuesday.

Quarterback Russell Wilson is entering the final year of his rookie contract and hasn’t been able to agree to terms with the Seahawks on a new deal. However, it’s not the reason Wilson will be missing OTAs.

Danny O’Neil of 710 ESPN in Seattle reports that Wilson will be absent from the team’s first workout of the third phase of the offseason program due to a “personal matter”.

Wilson decided to travel to Miami to be with new teammate Jimmy Graham at the funeral of Graham’s longtime manager and mentor, Tamara Meyerson.

Meyerson died on Friday at the age of 45. Her obituary names her three children and Graham as the most important people in her life.

“Tammy loved and mentored Jimmy Graham as a son. They were all always the number one priority in her life,” the obituary says.

Wilson’s absence from a voluntary practice isn’t contract related, so it’s not going to move the needle closer to a contractual agreement. Although, it’s likely that a good performance running the offense from B.J. Daniels or R.J. Archer may push Seattle closer to bringing in a veteran backup for Wilson.

Wilson won’t be the only Seahawk veteran missing on Tuesday. Tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive end Cliff Avril will also be away from the team while dealing with their own personal matters.

Defensive end Michael Bennett makes it four absences; his issue continues to be one of dissatisfaction with his contract, a year after signing it.

Kristen Ashly is a featured writer and editor for Nuts & Bolts Sports. You can follow Kristen on Twitter @KristenAshly.

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