Russell Wilson – Highest Paid Player in NFL

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a new contract, making him the highest paid player in the NFL. Is he worth it?

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Seattle Seahawks fans can breathe a sigh of relief after learning that the team’s quarterback Russell Wilson signed a 4-year, $140 million contract extension with a $65 million signing bonus, making him the highest paid player in the NFL. Earlier this month, there were reports that Wilson had given Seattle an April 15 deadline to reach a new deal after his previous contract was on its last year. And before midnight on the last day of the deadline, Wilson announced in a video on Instagram and Twitter that he and the Seahawks reached a new deal.

In 2018, according to Pro Football Reference, Wilson threw the fourth most touchdown passes with 35 – also his career high, and also tossed it for 3,448 yards. He also posted the third highest quarterback rating, with 110.9, behind only the top two 2018 MVP candidates, Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees. In 2017, Wilson actually led the entire NFL in touchdown passes with 34.

These two passing seasons come after Seattle’s marquee defense, nicknamed the “Legion of Boom,” started to come apart in terms of injuries, player-releases, and retirement. The Legion of Boom for about 6 seasons (2011 – 2016) had a top 10 defense each year and it eventually earned the Seahawks a Superbowl win in 2013, and a second Superbowl appearance in 2014. All-Pro cornerback, Richard Sherman, was released after the 2017 season and signed with the 49ers while all-pro safety, Kam Chancellor, is still listed as being a part of the team, but he is currently recovering from a severe, career-threatening neck injury.

Another factor as to why the team has put more responsibility on Wilson a lot more than in previous seasons is that the Seahawks’ defense can’t be relied on the same way the Legion of Boom could. Not only that, but Wilson has also had to deal with subpar offensive line play these past couple seasons. According to Team Rankings Wilson the past couple seasons has been the fourth (43) and third (52) most sacked quarterback respectively. Pro Football Focus has also ranked Seattle’s o-line 17 for the 2018 season and in 2017, ranked them 29.

Seattle crept into the playoffs last season as fifth seed, with a 10-6 record, however losing to the Dallas Cowboys in the first round, 24-22. The Seahawks, much like the other 31 teams, look to improve upon their previous season’s outcome and will get that chance on Sept. 8 when they play their home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Russell Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a new contract, making him the highest paid player in the NFL. Is he worth it?

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