Details On Russell Wilson’s New Deal

On Tuesday, the Seahawks agreed to make quarterback Russell Wilson the highest-paid player in NFL history. The historic four-year, $140MM add-on makes Wilson the NFL’s highest-paid player of all time and even gives him a no-trade clause. However, Wilson didn’t necessarily get everything that he initially wanted. 

There was talk that Wilson wanted to set some other precedents with this contract by tying the contract to rises in the salary cap, but the Seahawks held their ground on that front, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times hears. That was no small matter for Wilson and his agent – they fought for the cap tie-in up until the last minute of the Monday deadline, per Condotta.

Ultimately, the two sides reached a compromise that Wilson is surely happy about. His $65MM is the highest signing bonus in NFL history and the deal guarantees him $70MM in the first year of the contract.

Still, Wilson’s bid to tie his contract to the salary cap made sense. When adjusted for cap inflation, his $35MM/year deal ranks only as the fifth-highest of all-time, according to Jason Fitzgerald of Over The Cap (on Twitter).

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  1. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    Should’ve let him go. He’s a great QB but is sucking up way too much of the team’s salary.

  2. JJB0811

    Great signing. He puts butts in the seats & sells jerseys. All the while, taking the team to the playoffs regularly.

  3. sportsfan101

    Good signing, sick of players trying to change things for the future only enabling future players to be even more greedy. But honestly sea shoulda let him walk and another team lock in his crazy pay day, sea won’t see a super bowl again while he’s QB let alone win one.

    • LordBanana

      Why? Either they get the money or the even richer owners. Get everything you can

    • dray16

      their defense was middle of the pack last year at best. he threw for 35 TDs (10 more than Aaron Rodgers.)

      • wrigleyhawkeye

        Rodgers was also without his #2 and #3 WR’s (Cobb and Allison) much of the year and was playing on a broken leg.

  4. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    “When adjusted for cap inflation, his $35MM/year deal ranks only as the fifth-highest of all-time…”

    Sure hope he can squeak by.

  5. troll_smasher

    A few pieces of Russell Wilson data, courtesy of NFL Research, that are somewhat staggering:

    69 passing touchdowns since 2017 (most in the NFL).
    75 quarterback wins in the first seven seasons (most in NFL history).
    A 100.3 passer rating (second-highest ever).
    The third-most rushing yards by a quarterback in his first seven seasons: Cam Newton, 4,320; Michael Vick, 3,954; Wilson, 3,651.
    Third-most passing touchdowns in the first seven seasons in NFL history: Dan Marino, 220; Peyton Manning, 216; Russell Wilson, 196; Brett Favre, 182

      • troll_smasher

        Seattle has handcuffed themselves if anything. No one made them offer/pay him this much $.

        • True and good for him for taking the money, who wouldn’t!
          They are screwed tho and I love it! Ef Seattle!

  6. super bowl chances would be zero without Wilson. For how efficient Russ is in this offense, he’s the perfect scheme fit

  7. CubsRebsSaints

    Well no wonder they had problems coming to terms!! This is insane! Russell Wilson is not that good. I would pay him 15-17mil per year. Maybe even 18/19. Not a dime
    Higher than 20. He already has his super bowl ring. Now he’s (and his children) are set for life. BUT!! This isn’t MLB, can he but cut after 2-3 years and then save significant money and cap hit not be too great and and that horse crap?

  8. fba0017

    Makes Pats fan realize how lucky we are with Brady. Team first wouldn’t sacrifice budget like that ever.

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