Seattle Banking on Wilson?
Seahawks reportedly considering making Russell the highest paid QB in the league. Is he worth that kind of money?
As the Seattle Seahawks continue their Super Bowl title defense, they are preparing to face the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game this Sunday. However, their quarterback is also preparing to become the highest paid QB in the league.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Russell Wilson is set to become the highest paid QB in the NFL surpassing Aaron Rodgers’ five-year, $110 million contract averaging around $22 million annually.
Now, does Wilson deserve to be paid more than Rodgers? Probably not, but he does deserve to get paid like an elite QB! Wilson is currently on his rookie deal and is the lowest paid starting QB in the NFL, making a little under $3 million per season. In his three years in the league, Wilson has been selected to two Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl, not a bad beginning for a guy who many scouts believed was too small to ever consistently start in the NFL. He’s thrown for just a tad under 10,000 yards with 72 touchdowns to a measly 26 interceptions. Not to mention he’s rushed for over 1,800 yards.
So here I am boasting his stats and yet I don’t believe he should be the highest paid QB in the league, how does that even make sense? It’s simple, there’s just no need to pay him all that money and sacrifice the Seahawks’ future by putting them in “Salary Cap Hell” for one player.
Some teams are learning the lesson of paying their QB too much the hard way. The Ravens disgustingly overpaid Joe Flacco after he won them a Super Bowl, but they sacrificed future championships. Baltimore has subsequently made the playoffs, but there are still numerous holes on their roster, like in the secondary, which they cannot address due to Flacco’s contract. Moreover, Dallas is in a really tough spot with their two best offensive weapons, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant, about to hit the open market. It will be virtually impossible to re-sign both, because of Tony Romo’s lucrative contract.
We all know the NFL is a quarterback driven league, but that doesn’t mean it’s smart to break the bank on a QB, just ask former Bears GM Phil Emery. Rather than using the Franchise Tag, Emery handed Jay Cutler one of the most ludicrous contracts I’ve ever seen and is now unemployed.
Although, why is it okay for a player like Rodgers to demand all that money? Simple, he makes everyone around him better. Receivers such as Greg Jennings and James Jones were rewarded in free agency because of Rodgers, and Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are going to be the next in line to get paid handsomely. While Romo, Flacco, and Wilson are talented, they will never be on the same level as Rodgers.
In my opinion Russell is a top 10 QB in the NFL. Don’t give me that “he’s only a game manager” nonsense, the guy is a flat out gamer. Wilson can do whatever it takes to win a game, whether that be with his arm or his legs. Not to mention, how well he takes care of the ball, and his decision making is second to none in this league.
I know Russell wants to be paid, and no one can blame him, but if he’s smart he’ll take a reasonable deal that ensures the Seahawks have cap flexibility. Then, they would be able to maintain the other players that have helped Seattle become the most dominant team in the league over the past two seasons. If he does this, Russell could end up winning more championships and become one of the most successful QBs to ever play in this league.
You will not find many people whom are bigger Russell Wilson “fanboys” than me, but that doesn’t mean I’d be willing to bend over backwards and just give into his demands. He needs to realize the situation around him and be the team player that we see on the field. You can get your payday young fella, but just do it so you can continue to build on this possible Seahawks’ dynasty. Soon we will get to see if money or winning really drives Russell Wilson.