4 More Years: Wilson, Seahawks Agree to Extension
The Seahawks had signed former-Packers back-up Matt Flynn to a multi-million dollar deal when they drafted Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL draft. In his first NFL training camp, Wilson beat out Flynn for the starting job at quarterback. In his first season, he led the Seahawks on a run to the Divisional round of the playoffs. The next year? Wilson came in better than ever and helped the Seahawks win their first Super Bowl, followed by a trip back to the big game.
Yeah, Russ was due for a big pay check. After much speculation and a media circus, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks finally got a deal done.
4-years. $87.6 million. $21.9 million a year. $31 million signing bonus.
That makes Wilson the second-highest paid player in the NFL (for now), behind Aaron Rodgers. Seattle is 42-14 under Wilson, with two Super Bowl trips. He was the first quarterback to start two Super Bowls in his first three seasons, the winningest quarterback through three seasons with 36 victories (42 including the postseason), and not to mention two Pro Bowls.
Wilson also broke Peyton Manning's rookie record with 26 touchdown passes in 2012 and is the only quarterback to have a 100+ passer rating in each of his first two seasons. Oh - he's a dual threat, too. Wilson has rushed for 1,877 yards and 11 touchdowns in his career, including 849 yards last season, which was the fifth most by a quarterback in NFL history.
So yeah, when you put it that way, PAY THE MAN. In case you're wondering how this will affect the other players on the team, the Seahawks now have Wilson, Marshawn Lynch, Doug Baldwin, Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor (who is holding out of camp for more money right now), Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, K.J. Wright, and Jimmy Graham through the 2016 season.
It's not looking likely that the Seahawks success is going to die down any time soon. Bobby Wagner and Kam Chancellor are both looking for bigger contracts - if the Hawks can get that locked up, look for them to be contenders for at least the next two seasons. Or beyond.