It’s raining dollars for Russell Wilson. Spurred by a looming deadline, the Seahawks inked Wilson to a four-year extension worth $87.6 million with $60 million guaranteed, as first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. Wilson’s signing bonus alone is reported to be $21 million.
Earlier rumors suggested Wilson wanted to be the NFL’s highest paid player. While this new deal comes close, Wilson now becomes the second-highest paid player just shy of the $22 million per year received by Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Wilson took to Twitter to express his exuberance.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) July 31, 2015
Debate had ensued about whether Wilson was worthy of the mega-contract he sought. Naysayers suggested that Wilson’s dollars were not worth the salary cap hit given the strength of Seattle’s defense and running game. But Wilson’s results, fueled by his ability to keep plays alive, are undeniable.
And if there is any doubt, take a gander at the quarterback landscape. Look at all the mid-level, journeyman types that have been catapulted into starting roles for one simple reason: great quarterbacks don’t grow on trees.
Congrats to Russell Wilson on a well-deserved contract.