It’s no secret that Russell Wilson has been one of the most criminally underpaid players in the NFL for a couple of years now. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback was a third-round pick, and because he is still on his rookie contract, is making a fraction of what other elite QB’s are making.
That should all change soon however. Wilson is up for a contract extension and currently engaged in talks with the Seahawks. The soon-to-be fourth year QB has a SB ring, another SB appearance, and the most wins of any quarterback in NFL history through his first three seasons. So basically, he has plenty of ammunition in these negotiations.
Simply put, Wilson wants to be paid like other elite, Super Bowl winning quarterbacks. And right now, Seattle wants to pay him like the QB’s a tier below that. The gap between the two sides right now could sit in the 10’s of millions according to ESPN’s Danny O’Neil.
But according to ESPN 710’s Danny O’Neil, neither side is close to agreeing on a rumored extension worth $120 million with half of the money guaranteed.
They are apparently “10s of millions” apart.
“In fact, the Seahawks haven’t put $100 million on the table right now,” O’Neil said, citing various league sources familiar with negotiations. “The offer of a four-year extension is believed to be worth closer to $80 million.”
It will be interesting to see how these negotiations develop. I don’t think many people would argue that Wilson deserves a huge salary increase, but when you look at the fact that this is going to be a $20 million a year raise, you can see why Seattle would be taking their time making such an offer.