Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been one of the best bargains in the NFL these past three seasons, but is in line for an extension this offseason. As Wilson enters a contract year, Seattle is prepared to make him the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, reports Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
On an annual basis, Aaron Rodgers‘ five-year, $110MM contract makes him the highest paid quarterback in the league, coming in at an average of $22MM per year. Wilson’s yearly salary could surpass Rodgers’, assuming he and the team work out a contract extension this offseason.
The Seahawks are not shy about paying to keep their star players, having already made Earl Thomas the highest paid safety in the NFL, and Richard Sherman the highest paid cornerback in the league (albeit briefly).
Seattle has already been preparing for Wilson’s extension, making a number of moves to clean its cap sheet to make room for his next contract. Obviously, the team moved on from receiver Percy Harvin, and extended the contracts of other key players K.J. Wright and Cliff Avril in order to clear cap space.