As predicted here at vegasodds.com a few weeks ago, the Seattle Seahawks have made quarterback Russell Wilson the highest paid player in the NFL.
Russell Wilson Deserves His Big Payday
Russell Wilson will be the quarterback for the Settle Seahawks until at least 2023 after signing a four-year contract that makes him the highest paid player in the league surpassing Aaron Rodgers salary of $33.5 million per season. The deal is worth $140 million dollars and comes with a signing bonus of $65 million. With this deal, he is only one of three players in the league to earn at least $30 million per season in salary and with all due respect to Matt Ryan who is the third player in that group with Rodgers and Wilson, Wilson fully deserves his deal. He has the same number of Super Bowls as Rodgers although he is much younger. Since the Legion of Boom was dissolved over the past few seasons, Russell has literally put this team on his back and kept them relevant while most people from the outside looking in thought they would be an also ran once their vaunted defense was no more.
Of all the details that have surfaced regarding the deal, one of the most important things to come from this other than the fact that Seattle has secured the services of one the league’s best players is that they avoid having to franchise tag him. After the mess the football world witnessed in Pittsburgh, the Seahawks had to know that not meeting the April 15th deadline that Russell had set forth would be the ultimate sign of bad faith. Of course Russell is not Le’Veon Bell and he certainly is not a character for lack of better word like Antonio Brown but there was still cause for concern. First of all, as a quarterback he has way more leverage than those guys just like all quarterbacks in the NFL do over all other positions when it comes to negotiating a deal. You only need to look at the fact that Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garoppolo are 4th and 5th in the league respectively in terms of annual salary. Not TO disparage those two players but can anyone say that they’ve earned their payday? When you look at it from that perspective, Wilson and Rodgers might even be underpaid all things being fair.
Great Business by the Seahawks
The Seahawks have two All Pro level players on their team, one on offense and another on defense. Although the amount of money they are now dedicating to Russell Wilson makes a deal with Bobby Wagner a little more complicated, they really had no other option. Wilson plays the most import position in all of team sports and without getting into all of the advanced metrics, as good as Wagner is, he can’t possible affect the game in the same way that Russell Wilson can. Regardless of the fact that Wagner will expect to be paid like an elite linebacker, that could not come at the expense of Wilson. What will probably end up happening for the Seahawks is a more concerted focus on building through the draft while also acquiring assets by trading one of their stars on defense. They have another great defensive player in Frank Clark who led the team in sacks last year. Of course this is all speculation as in an ideal world, the team can sign all three and then they will have the solid foundation that they need to get back being Super Bowl contenders. Until that is all sorted out, they have secured the services of one of the league’s most talented players at it’s most important position for the remainder of his prime. This is a win all around for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.