Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson will break the bank whenever a team finally decides to give him a long-term deal and naturally that team should be the only organization the seven-year quarterback out of Wisconsin has ever known.
But when hit with the reality of the contract figures that’ll detail the superstar quarterback’s next contract, some 12’s are already starting to get a bit squeamish at the hold over the cap their veteran signal caller will soon have. Spoiler alert: It’s going to be a massive second contract extension for Wilson.
According to CBS Sports cap expert and former agent Joel Corry, the Seahawks will have to start at $35 million per year to even begin to convince Wilson not to test free agency. Remember free agency is where prices go through the roof and if a superstar quarterback ever touched the market, the bidding war/feeding frenzy would be bananas. B-A-N-A-N-A-S. So when talking a contract extension with a star player, an organization is always trying to convince a player to forgo that potential greater contract and take certain financial security instead.
But in rare cases, the organization is just trying to erase the headache of uncertainty and just get a deal done that lets them know where they stand. Negotiating with Wilson is one of those rare times because of the necessity of the quarterback position in the NFL. When Aaron Rodgers reset the market with his latest deal, which pays him $33.5 million per year and has $78.7 million in guaranteed funds over a five-year extension, it was certain that Wilson’s next deal would push much further beyond that.
Rodgers turned 35 during last season. Wilson is nearly a full five years younger and has the numbers, wins and personality to lay claim to being the highest paid quarterback in the game. So $35 million per season is probably the low point on the yearly average for his next contract.
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As the Seahawks slow play their talks with Wilson because that’s business as usual regarding their players entering the final year of their deal, general manager John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll have given no reason to believe the team won’t give Wilson the world but it has left many wondering if they should. Because of Carroll’s dedication to the run while the league continues to skew further and further towards passing offense, many wonder if the team can put together a Super Bowl-caliber defense with Wilson crippling the cap and Carroll crippling Wilson.