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Russell Wilson won’t be able to cash in for two more years

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Taken five spots after a punter in round three of the 2012 draft, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has become dollar-for-dollar the best value in the NFL.

And that won’t be changing soon.

Wilson appeared moments ago on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning in part to tout the fact that he’s one of the finalists for the annual Vizio Top Value Performer Award.  And while the hosts joked with Wilson that his status as one of the best NFL values will change soon, the reality is that it won’t.

Under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, all contracts for draft picks have a mandatory length of four years.  And those contracts cannot be renegotiated until three seasons have passed.

So even if the Seahawks want to give Wilson a raise, they can’t.  He’ll make $526,217 in 2013 and $662,434 in 2014.  After his third season, the Seahawks can reward him.

They will, if he stays healthy and productive.  For the next two seasons, however, Wilson will bear the risk of injury or ineffectiveness.

The good news, if there is any, is that Wilson will continue to be a clear-cut finalist for the Vizio Top Value Performer Award for the next two seasons.

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58 Responses to “Russell Wilson won’t be able to cash in for two more years”
  1. htownhawk says: Jan 9, 2013 10:13 AM

    Great player..

  2. seatownballers says: Jan 9, 2013 10:19 AM

    Its the contact he signed, set up by the union he’s in. . But no worries russ, A Huge payday is coming your way

  3. fuglyflorio says: Jan 9, 2013 10:19 AM

    He’ll just have to scrape by on a salary of 10 times the national average until he becomes filthy rich at 25. My heart bleeds for him.

  4. scoobaj says: Jan 9, 2013 10:21 AM

    Same with Sherman, Browner, Wagner, wright…. They have cap space to improve next year too

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    He’s still going to make as much money in 2 years as someone with a decent job makes in 20+ so I have no sympathy for his situation.

    Those numbers also ignore whatever signing bonus he got paid I would think.

  6. teamobijuan says: Jan 9, 2013 10:23 AM

    BUT BUT BUT

    RYAN LEAF AND JAMARCUS RUSSELLS!!!11

    Underpay them ALL!

  7. cbs1971 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:23 AM

    Wilson will be fine and he will be duly paid when that time comes around. In fact, I’m betting that he’ll be around longer than RGII who is having his surgery today.

  8. dannyreneau says: Jan 9, 2013 10:24 AM

    He’ll be okay. RG3 cant jump hurdles in Subway commercials anymore. They’ll be looking for a replacement.

  9. seahawkhuskyfan says: Jan 9, 2013 10:32 AM

    Great Kid. The endorsements will come. He is more worried about winning and being a great leader to his teammates than he is money at this point. He is truly one of a kind.

    Go Hawks!!

  10. d0minate says: Jan 9, 2013 10:35 AM

    Maybe he’ll wrangle up an endorsement deal or two.

  11. aberystwyth2 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:38 AM

    yes, contract can’t be re-negotiated but endorsements are where the money is at!

  12. metalhead65 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:39 AM

    poor guy it must suck to “only” make that kind of money. hope he is able to get by on such a paltry salary. before we throw him a pity party how much was his GUARANTEED signing bonus? you know the money he got just for signing his name to a contract before they knew if he could play or not?

  13. seattlerogueburner says: Jan 9, 2013 10:40 AM

    He’s going to be a rich man very soon. Seattle has gone Wilson crazy this year and we’ll make sure he stays a Hawk for a long time. We’ll be able to build an even bigger and better team around him and continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the league for years to come. Go Hawks.

  14. icanspeel says: Jan 9, 2013 10:40 AM

    Expect to see Russell Wilson on TV a lot with the endorsement deals he will begin signing to cash in early

  15. fwippel says: Jan 9, 2013 10:41 AM

    Nice to see Wilson succeed.

    If one year ago, NFL scouts knew then what they know today about Russell Wilson, where do you think he would have been drafted? My guess is #3 overall.

    Wilson has turned coventional wisdom on it’s head with his success; so much for QBs under 6 feet tall being unable to play in the NFL. Outside of AP and Manning’s comebacks, Wilson’s success is the most amazing story of the year.

  16. rukkus1 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:42 AM

    That salary doesnt seem like too much in relation to most other nfl players… but when you figure in that he has the keys to a city, he is going to get free stuff everywhere. His salary is just beer money

  17. dprouse says: Jan 9, 2013 10:42 AM

    If Wilson’s agent is smart, his client will soon be making serious money in endorsement deals. Peyton Manning makes about $13 million in endorsements, while Tom Brady hauls down about $10 million. Russell Wilson won’t reach that right away, but I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that he could triple his salary in endorsements this coming off-season without breaking much of a sweat.

  18. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jan 9, 2013 10:45 AM

    Actually, Alfred Morris, as a 6th round pick, might be an ever greater value, dollar for dollar.

    Not saying Wilson isn’t special, because he obviously is, but a 6th rounder makes way less than a 3rd rounder does, and Morris was second in the NFL in rushing this year.

  19. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Jan 9, 2013 10:50 AM

    poor guy.

  20. bartlettruss says: Jan 9, 2013 10:56 AM

    The veterans really threw future rookies under the bus in this CBA. I get it that half a million a year is a lot more than most people make per year, but then again the average NFL career is about 4 years, so a lot of people never get the big, veteran paydays…

  21. dblockatl says: Jan 9, 2013 10:57 AM

    Kid’s a Class Act.

    Bright too – He’ll make that $500K a year last longer than Jamarcus Russell / countless draft day boondoggles from the old outrageous contract structure, and the big names in advertising will be begging him for endorsements because – how can you root AGAINST a guy like that??

    Looking forward to watching him for the next decade.

  22. cali49er707 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:01 AM

    I hate you Seahawks! I hate you 12th man! I REALLY hate Pete Carrol but, just like I kept saying all season & I really F’n hate to admit but Seahawks are a VERY good team!!!

    The truth hurts!!!

  23. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 9, 2013 11:06 AM

    And by then he’ll be a backup after being on IR two years in a row.

  24. qdog112 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:06 AM

    The next CBA will change the rookie pay situation. The salary will be raised and the years will move from 4 to 3.

    It’s not working this way. I don’t see all you people saying how much they make, out there risking life and limb, oh wait …. you do it from the couch.

    My bad.

  25. mathomp3 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:08 AM

    skinsfaninnebraska says:
    Jan 9, 2013 10:45 AM
    Actually, Alfred Morris, as a 6th round pick, might be an ever greater value, dollar for dollar.

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    Both were steals, that’s for sure. As a QB, Wilson will always be considered more valuable than Morris will just because of the positions they play. Also, the RGKnee circus takes some attention away from Alfred and I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves. Both have good futures and will be fun to watch.

  26. phoff12 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:17 AM

    skinsfaninnebraska says: Jan 9, 2013 10:45 AM

    Actually, Alfred Morris, as a 6th round pick, might be an ever greater value, dollar for dollar.

    Not saying Wilson isn’t special, because he obviously is, but a 6th rounder makes way less than a 3rd rounder does, and Morris was second in the NFL in rushing this year.

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    Running backs are a dime a dozen. However a potential franchise quarterback it a different story. If Morris and Wilson were both free agents Wilson would get a contract ten times bigger then Morris.

  27. pinion8ted says: Jan 9, 2013 11:18 AM

    He’s had one good season so far …. let’s not fit him for a gold jacket yet.

  28. hehateme2 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:21 AM

    How about letting him play for the next couple of year and he how he pans out. See if he lasts and if that goofy offense they run becomes the Wildcat 2.0. /i.e. see RG3

    Will he be able to run a pro-style offense? See over the line while in the pocket? Or a 1 year wonder?? Let it play out.

  29. crapboys says: Jan 9, 2013 11:21 AM

    Wilson is boring and sux! Another less than 200 yd performance with one TD … wait for Seahag fans to come …

    JK, yes I’m a bitter Skins fan who knows RG3 will be back for another playoff push next year!

    Wilson is an awesome player and is built solid. Total stats he moves the ball up and down the field now after the pistol was installed. Hags need better receivers though IMO

  30. devinhesterprynne says: Jan 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    The people making the snarky comments about how he has to “suffer” with making only ~$500-$600K per year are missing the point.

    Yes, it is still really good money, but it is relative. Tell me about what you would think if you went into your job and the guy next to you, doing the exact same job made 5x of what you did, but you were much, much better at it?

  31. packersfn7 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    Not on the Wilson bandwagon, but it does suck that Matt Flynn makes more than him warming the bench.

  32. mrgroovesd says: Jan 9, 2013 11:25 AM

    That’s what I like about this new CBA, rookies getting drafted do not have outrageous salaries anymore and they have to prove they are worth an extension. In Wilson’s case, he has proved he can be an NFL QB. Just sucks he has to wait.

  33. bassmags says: Jan 9, 2013 11:26 AM

    He gave up a professional baseball career to play football (which does speak volumes for the type of athlete he is). He actually went back to school from making money just to play football, so I am guessing he has a passion for the sport and is happy where he is at for now. I’m sure winning more playoff games is where is mind is at the moment. The funny thing here in the Seattle area is going to a sporting retail store and seeing Flynn jerseys hanging everywhere. What a bust that was huh?

  34. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Jan 9, 2013 11:27 AM

    Kid’s a great story but it is only one season. Let’s hold off on that gold jacket for at least the length of his rookie contract.

  35. trollhammer20 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:28 AM

    Endorsements will come. Tebow got a lot based on his values – Wilson actually shares those same values, only, he isn’t as vocal about it – and unlike Tim, he is actually a talented NFL QB.

  36. thejohnsmith1122 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:29 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 9, 2013 10:22 AM
    He’s still going to make as much money in 2 years as someone with a decent job makes in 20+ so I have no sympathy for his situation.

    ————————–

    I guess you’re happy getting paid less for out-performing others with the same position as you at work?

    Personally, I don’t have any sympathy for him, not because he already makes 10x as much as the ‘average joe’ but becuase it was negotiated by their union so they just have to suck it up (blame all those draft busts). He just have to keep up the production and he’ll get paid soon enough. I love the kid but hate that he plays for Seattle.

  37. amaf21 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    Why doesn’t he just hold out?

  38. buffedwhiteman says: Jan 9, 2013 11:48 AM

    Russell Wilson = one year wonder,prediction RG3 similar injury type will strike Wilson (limited size/small stature) NFL=not for long

  39. jwcarlson says: Jan 9, 2013 11:52 AM

    Won’t survive till year four without suffering a major injury. These running QBs never last, he won’t be any different unless he transitions to a pocket passer.

  40. nicepak381 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    All I can say is RW is really something and I wish him great success in his career unless he beats The Pats in the SB, then I’ll be obliged to ate him.

  41. csilojohnson says: Jan 9, 2013 11:59 AM

    No sympathy. He still makes 500% more than he would if he had to get a real job.

  42. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 9, 2013 12:02 PM

    He’ll also have some shots at MVP, especially considering he’s a QB and on the smallest pay scale of all of the good ones. This guy was a smart football acquisition. When you can get your QB for a tiny dollar contract, then that allows you to get good efficiency across the rest of the team. To be the best, you have to find as many low cost gems as you can, and you have to snatch them up. The Seahawks did good on this one.

  43. tindeaux says: Jan 9, 2013 12:06 PM

    The better days ahead. Just keep playing good football and more money will come.

    Wilson is a very good humble young man. I don’t like the hawks, but would root for him.. Good luck against the falcons!!!

  44. joetoronto says: Jan 9, 2013 12:42 PM

    I wish him all the best but I have a feeling everything will catch up to him soon.

    I don’t see him having a very good year next year.

  45. darknessspreads says: Jan 9, 2013 12:48 PM

    I love these discussions because they always prove that the average American actually doesn’t like a completely free market. In fact, Americans love socialized, planned markets. In theory, Wilson should be able to sell his skills to any team for whatever dollar price he wants, and he should be able to renegotiate at any time.

    In practice, he can’t, and most of the fans here are in agreement with that practice.

    As for Wilson, as long as he keeps healthy and keeps improving, he will be worth the money Seattle shells out to him on his second contract. He seems like a focused sort that cares more about winning anyway.

  46. blackfootkiller says: Jan 9, 2013 1:15 PM

    Compare what the Hawks did to what another team did…
    Hawks got a stud QB in the third round…
    Another team mortgaged their future for a QB, with 3 first round picks, and left nothing to build anything around him…
    Third round QB is still standing, and playing in the next round of the playoffs…
    First round QB is broken, and my never be the same again…
    As Bill Parcells once said…’I think they hate us so much because they actually like us!’
    Or something like that…
    Go Hawks!

  47. jr4real says: Jan 9, 2013 1:49 PM

    darknessspreads says: Jan 9, 2013 12:48 PM

    I love these discussions because they always prove that the average American actually doesn’t like a completely free market. In fact, Americans love socialized, planned markets. In theory, Wilson should be able to sell his skills to any team for whatever dollar price he wants, and he should be able to renegotiate at any time.

    In practice, he can’t, and most of the fans here are in agreement with that practice.

    As for Wilson, as long as he keeps healthy and keeps improving, he will be worth the money Seattle shells out to him on his second contract. He seems like a focused sort that cares more about winning anyway.
    ____________________________

    I do feel bad for this kid Wilson but you are right. Cant have it both ways. I would love to see some stiffs who never earn what they pay to give it back but that wont happen. hope he stays healthy until he can sign.

  48. footballfan71 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    Note that this conversation regarding money was introduced by the media to RW. He has said zero about money all season long. So don’t knock this kid. He knows how fortunate he is and always says how blessed he is to be given this opportunity. I like that he is humble and always talks of team first. Good luck RW.

  49. geniusconcepts says: Jan 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    I’m sure like every other high school and college football player…he will get paid $1 million dollars to cut his coaches grass.

  50. juliusanonymous says: Jan 9, 2013 2:28 PM

    If Paul Allen really wanted to pay him, Microsoft could ask him to do some Windows 8 ads. Maybe show him using the Surface tablet to study his playbook. Heck, if they did that, I’d probably go buy a Surface w/ Windows 8. Do you hear me, Paul? Get to it man!

    But seriously, how cool would it be if Microsoft put him in one of those Windows 8 ads? LOVE!!!

  51. juliusanonymous says: Jan 9, 2013 2:40 PM

    People calling Wilson a “running QB” = FAIL. Go watch him play before embarrassing yourself.

    People saying he’ll be injured = FAIL. Only the biggest loser at life wishes injuries and career problems on any other person.

  52. screechdaddy says: Jan 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    cali49er707 says: I hate you Seahawks! I hate you 12th man! I REALLY hate Pete Carrol but, just like I kept saying all season & I really F’n hate to admit but Seahawks are a VERY good team!!!

    The truth hurts!!!
    ————————————————————————————————————————
    Hate you, too, Whiner fan. Shall we have our respective teams meet in SF on Jan. 20th then and reap the delicious hatred of all the loser fans in the east together?

    As for DangeRuss Wilson, he is probably the last person to waste one second worrying about compensation right now, which is just one more reason why we love him so much. Get used to the idea of his mug all over your plasma screens “hawking” you everything from pizza to pickup trucks after he leads us to our first of many Super Bowl championships. Go Hawks!

  53. deltaoracle says: Jan 9, 2013 4:15 PM

    Wilson is cooler than James Bond and class all the way, so you won’t hear a thing from him. Just a shame he’s stuck on that chippy, cheating team with the most obnoxious coach in America.

  54. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 9, 2013 10:00 PM

    And that rookie salary rule is why you are going to see a lot of rookies and younger players on NFL rosters. Good value.

  55. olyhawk says: Jan 9, 2013 10:18 PM

    Russell Wilson is PED using pete carroll taught cheater, who is way too short to make it in this league, and couldn’t win a game if he tried. He’s friends with a bunch of cheaters, he really only has class on camera, and should have been an undrafted free agent, on practice squad in Jacksonville. This kid’s a natural loser, and he had his teamates take out RG3 because he was jealous.

    There, since people make idiotic comment’s I thought i’d throw one in to fit in.

  56. sethandfalon says: Jan 10, 2013 5:21 PM

    He’s building himself a good brand anyway and will land endorsements, already has one from Levis I think. He, like other sports stars, will definitely be raking in more in endorsements than he will from the sport itself.

  57. lambeaufieldwest says: Jan 10, 2013 5:54 PM

    Aaron Rodgers is currently the best deal in the NFL.

  58. hawktawker says: Jan 10, 2013 9:53 PM

    He or she says:
    It’s not working this way. I don’t see all you people saying how much they make, out there risking life and limb, oh wait …. you do it from the couch.

    Every time I fire up the big rig to bring your products to market I risk life and limb…but for the record I love RW and wish him a long AND prosperous career!!

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