The deadline was set for July 31, 2015, at 11:59pm, and not long before that time, Russell Wilson became an extremely wealthy man. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback officially became the Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback when he inked a four-year deal worth more than $87 million dollars with a $31 million dollar signing bonus. Sports Illustrated has reported that this deal includes up to $60 million guaranteed. In total, Russell Wilson’s new salary ($21.9 million/year) is just ahead of Ben Roethlisberger ($21.85 million/year) and just behind Aaron Rodgers (($22 million) at the position. Although the total amount of cash is below several other less than stellar $100 million dollar men (including Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler, Colin Kaepernick, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, Joe Flacco and Rodgers), the amount per year is the second highest in the league.
Of course there’s been no debating the former Wisconsin quarterback’s immediate impact on the Seahawks since he joined the squad three years ago. Wilson is three for three in playoff appearances, has played in two Super Bowls, and is also a former Super Bowl champion. However, the most rewarding part of all for Wilson new deal is to remain the captain of a talented young core of players that could potentially be a dynasty for many more years to come.
As Wilson said after he inked his monster deal:
“For me, I just want to be paid based on what I’m worth, what I’ve produced, whatever that means. For me, I just let the play speak for itself. That’s not my job to kind of do all that. That’s why I hire (agent) Mark Rodgers, and that’s why I trust him to figure everything out for me, work everything out, and sure enough it did, and I get to play here for another four more years. Couldn’t be much better.”
It’s widely speculated that Wilson desired $25 million/year, but he was obviously willing to settle for a bit less than that and not sacrifice his future especially considering Wilson’s first deal was the best bargain at quarterback in the league with this upcoming year being his first as a million-plus quarterback. Of course, with so many young Seattle star players getting paid Flacco type dollars, it will be interesting to see the fiscal dynamics of this Seahawks team going forward. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Money often costs too much.” What will it cost the Seahawks? During the free agency era of professional football, many Super Bowl caliber teams have wrecked themselves by overspending on their team’s top shelf talent to keep them intact and thus, resulting in a trickling down effect of losing several valuable members of the team for much more affordable prices to rival teams.
Wilson undisputedly earned his big, new extension, but the team renowned for their depth, especially on defense, will likely become a bit thinner in the upcoming years with that $20-plus million going directly into Wilson’s pocket rather than as an investment into a free agent upgrade at defensive end or linebacker or wherever needed. It might not be as eloquent a quote as Emerson’s, but Russell Wilson may be dining on prime rib every night and washing it down with Natural Ice if the Seahawks brass continues to invest so much money into the top tier of the team. Better yet head coach Pete Carroll will be sipping on Cristal champagne in one hand and destroying a Crystal burger with his other. You get the idea.
Regardless of the Seahawks dynasty prospects for future seasons, Russell Wilson now has enough money he can likely do anything he wants. Well almost anything. He still can’t travel back in time and change that slant route to a halfback dive in the Super Bowl.