As already discussed, Russell Wilson just signed a huge 4-year $87.6 million contract with $60 million guaranteed with the Seattle Seahawks. It will be the first time in years that the Seahawks will have such a large percentage of their salary cap dedicated to a quarterback.
This is nothing new for teams with solid quarterbacks, and by all means necessary teams have to bring out their check books to keep a talented quarterback. It just has been a while since the Seahawks have handed out a massive contract to a young quarterback have had to deal with the tough cap related decisions that come with it.
Under Russell Wilson the Seahawks have done very well with back-to-back Super Bowl appearances and their defense has been dominant. Over the past three seasons Wilson’s cap hit has been less than $1 million due to the rookie pay scale. Next season Wilson’s cap will now be about $7 million, and starting next season the lowest Wilson’s cap hit will be for the next four seasons is $18.5 million, according to spotrac.com.
The Seahawks already have safety Kam Chancellor holding out and have a lot of talented players with contracts expiring in the next two seasons. Seattle will be faced with some of their most difficult decisions in years. After this season Russell Okung, Bruce Irvin, and Bobby Wagner will all be free agents looking to get paid.
Locking up Wilson was absolutely the right thing to do for Seattle, but now comes the reality of most likely having to let a talented player or two walk. And, as Bobby Wagner already said himself, “can’t keep everyone.”