Russell Wilson Gets Monster Deal From Seattle, Dooming The Seahawks
Russell Wilson finally hit paydirt: After spending the first three years in the NFL as a criminally underpaid third-round pick, the Seahawks quarterback agreed to a four-year deal that gives him a reported $60 million in guaranteed money. The total deal is roughly $87 million, according to numerous sources. Here's one:
For his 4-year, $87.6M contract, #Seahawks QB Russell Wilson gets $31M to sign, $60M guaranteed. The two sides worked deep into the night.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 31, 2015
Here's another one, closer to the source (though he doesn't specify whether this is an extension or an all-new deal):
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 31, 2015
Wilson is now assured the third-most guaranteed money in the league, behind only Colin Kaepernick ($61 million) and Ben Roethlisberger ($64 million) and tied with Cam Newton. Keep in mind that at $126 million, Jay Cutler still has the most lucrative contract in the league -- though he surely will not see anywhere close to that money by the time the Bears are done with him.
In his first three years in the league, Wilson made less than $3 million (though if you've watched television at all during that span, you know that he made up for that lack of NFL money with advertising dollars). This was an incredibly important part of the Seahawks' success over the past several years, including two Super Bowl appearances and one win. Quarterback is the most important position in the sport, and if you can get away with paying a good-to-elite quarterback relative pennies, you can commit money to other spots that most teams can't. Now that Seattle is committing this much to Wilson, they'll be hard-pressed to give out the kind of money they have been to the defensive side of the ball, for example.
In a perfect world, Seattle would have gone out and found another quality starting QB in the third-round of next year's draft and let Wilson walk. The world ain't perfect, though.
At this rate, the Seahawks probably have one more season of being a true title contender before this kind of investment catches up with them. Oh well. The ring was probably worth it.
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