At this point in time, Russell Wilson is the 41st ranked quarterback when it comes to salary in the NFL, according to Sportsline.com. That fact is not surprising since he was only drafted in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. However, his rookie contract is coming to an end, and it’s time for the Seattle Seahawks to pay the man. During Monday’s interview with ESPN‘s Marty Smith, Wilson was adamant that he trust the process.
All he asks is that the front office looks at the accomplishments. How much does Wilson deserve? Well, he just wants Seattle to “let his play speak for itself.” Once the Seahawks do that, they’ll realize that they have the best quarterback in the league. It might look a little unconventional right now, but his career arc is as bright as Andrew Luck. In addition, he’s in the same class as Aaron Rodgers. The only problem is, Wilson doesn’t have the numbers as the other great quarterbacks have.
During Wilson’s three years in the NFL, the Seahawks have earned three playoff berths in the rough and tumble NFC West. They have won at least a game in every postseason, while managing two Super Bowl appearances. The 12th Man even had a chance to celebrate a Super Bowl victory, after dismantling Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in 2014. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, they were unable to complete back to back title runs during their last second loss to New England last season. To make matters worse, the Seahawks’ franchise quarterback threw the game changing interception.
Still, that shouldn’t be the play that’s keeping the contract talks stagnant. In three years, Wilson has completed 63.4 percent of his passes, while throwing for 9,950 yards. That’s roughly 3,316 yards per season. Although the play on the field is impressive, his passing numbers don’t jump off the screen. His touchdown to interception ratio is also incredible. He’s thrown 72 touchdown passes, while giving away 26 interceptions. In addition, Wilson hasn’t thrown more than 10 interceptions in a single season.
According to NFL.com, Wilson fired off a tweet about his upcoming season. He simply stated, “Don’t believe me just watch,” moments after ESPN aired his interview. He also put out a couple of figures during the interview that didn’t happen by chance. “Whether it’s $25 million or if it’s $1.5 million,” Wilson stated, “I’ll be ready to go.” Currently, he is slotted to earn $1.5 million this season. In the near future, Wilson wants that $25 million dollar per year contract. That will make him the highest paid player in the NFL.
As long as the two sides reach a fair and lucrative contract, everybody in Seattle wins. In addition, that’s exactly where Wilson wants to be for his entire career.