Is Russell Wilson Going to Reset the Quarterback Market

Russell Wilson could apparently have the next biggest contract in NFL history. Do you think this will happen?

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is one of the best players in the NFL and is on track to become one of the best in history. He’s currently getting paid like one but has one year left on the deal, which lines him up to potentially break records with his new contract.

According to Bleacher Report, during his appearance on “The Tonight Show,” he told Jimmy Fallon that there is “great potential” his next contract will be the biggest in NFL history. And if we’re being honest, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.

With the consistent increase in salary cap each year, players, especially quarterbacks, are being paid like superstars. Last year, four quarterbacks, Matt Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins and Matt Ryan, were each signed to the largest deal in NLF history (at the time) in succession. But that was before Aaron Rodgers came along and signed a four-year, $134 million extension to stay in Green Bay, with $103 million guaranteed – the most ever. And Nick Foles broke the bank earlier this month. But from the six deals, Rodgers’ was the only one worth it, and many believe he still left money on the table.

This is similar to earlier in the decade when Rodgers signed a big deal and Joe Flacco, Colin Kaepernick and Jay Cutler used it to land huge record-breaking deals, resetting the market for quarterbacks.

Then the likes of Andrew Luck, Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton were able to use their price tags to land themselves a megadeal with their second contract.

The only reason they received such large amounts was because of the NFLS’s high demand for competent quarterbacks – although these player were / are paid market value, it seems they are being overpaid based on performance.

It’s tough to find a stable franchise quarterback – just ask the Jacksonville Jaguars, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and many other teams. That’s why franchises are forced to overpay good quarterbacks because there aren’t better options out there.

Couple this with Wilson being one of the rare, elite franchise passers, who also happens to be in his physical prime, and he has all the leverage. Not to mention, recent track records have shown that the best quarterbacks actually get better in their 30s, so Wilson may be getting even better as the cerebral aspect of his game improves further.

The 30-year-old has a career record of 75-36-1 (second-most wins since being drafted), with a winning record in all seven seasons. In the regular season, the veteran has 25,624 pass yards, 196 touchdown passes to just 63 interceptions, has rushed for 21 more scores and 3,010 yards on the ground and owns the second-highest passer rating in NFL history behind only one, Aaron Rodgers.

Add in his two Super Bowl appearances and Super Bowl title to his resume and you’re talking about a future Hall-of-Famer. And he’s coming off another excellent season where he threw for 35 touchdowns, seven interceptions via a 65.6% completion rate, en route to an elite 110.9 passer rating.

His passing yards aren’t incredible, but it’s because he wasn’t asked to throw the ball too much. He was 20th in pass attempts last season, but the efficiency behind each pass was among the best. He was accurate and had elite yards-per-completion and yards-per-attempt numbers, suggesting that if he was asked to do more, he could have been among the league leaders in passing yards as well.

Simply put, if anyone is worth becoming the next highest-paid player in the sport, Wilson fits the bill on merit alone. Then there’s the value of the intangibles he brings: He’s a proven leader who is humble and brings stability, making him the perfect franchise quarterback.

The Seahawks are in an enviable position. Many teams are searching or hoping that the young quarterback they have right now can turn into a guy who can carry a franchise. Seattle has one right now, and you can bet they will do whatever it takes to hold onto him. But as the past has shown, it won’t be long until someone usurps him – and that someone will most likely be Patrick Mahomes.

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Russell Wilson could apparently have the next biggest contract in NFL history. Do you think this will happen?

31% Ya, he's next
69% Don't think so
31% Ya, he's next
69% Don't think so
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70% Don't think so

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