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Russell Wilson hangs out with Jay Z

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It’s no surprise that the winning quarterback of the first New York Super Bowl would be hanging out with a New York entertainment icon.  But given the side business run by Jay Z, the decision of Russell Wilson to sit courtside at a Brooklyn Nets game takes on a greater level of intrigue.

Jay Z has a sports agency.  While not certified to represent football players for their playing contracts (Jay Z has hired someone to do that, but he can’t be involved in the recruitment), Jay Z can represent Wilson for off-field purposes.

And with Wilson unable to sign a new football contract until the 2014 regular season ends, the only way he can cash in over the next year comes from marketing opportunities.

Wilson would be wise to strike while the iron is hot.  Indeed, the more he can make away from the field, the less he’ll need from football — and the more cap space he’ll be able to leave on the table for the Seahawks to sign other players.

The notion of Russell Wilson taking less than he could otherwise command will make plenty of football agents (including his own) cringe.  But with Peyton Manning averaging nearly $20 million per year and Wilson under $1 million (for now), it’s easy to see why Wilson has a better overall team around him.

With Jay Z making up part of Wilson’s off-field team, the quarterback may be able to allow his on-field team to keep enough cap dollars to allow the Seattle dominance to extend well beyond one year.

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30 Responses to “Russell Wilson hangs out with Jay Z”
  1. chinahand11 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:26 PM

    Smart move if he signs with Jay Z. That guy seems to have the Midas touch for his clients.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 4, 2014 3:27 PM

    He could also cash in on baseball, at least theoretically.

  3. russellwilsonismymvp says: Feb 4, 2014 3:27 PM

    Wilson would be a lucrative catch for Jay Z.

  4. bucrightoff says: Feb 4, 2014 3:30 PM

    Nas > Jay Z

  5. open1337 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:35 PM

    Russell in the spotlight. Looking the part and playing the part. See you tomorrow. Go HAWKS!

  6. nola5712 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:35 PM

    every style of music ever > rap

  7. scoops1 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:41 PM

    You can’t spell crap w/o rap

  8. schmitty2 says: Feb 4, 2014 3:48 PM

    No doubt Jay Z is a smart businessman hence the empire he has built. With that being said he attracts a lot of musicians and athletes that are all about the “bling” and Wilson is the polar opposite of that. He is a likeable guy who does tons of charity work. He is going to have tons of endorsements regardless of who represents him.

  9. calkinsrob says: Feb 4, 2014 3:55 PM

    enough with the bashing on rap. its an art form (anyone who argues that doesn’t know enough about it/ is stubborn), some will like it some wont. no one cares how you feel about it.

  10. thevikesarebest says: Feb 4, 2014 4:04 PM

    The shehawks don’t know the Vikes are knocking them off next season.Btw Rap 100times>country/metal

  11. qdog112 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:05 PM

    Is this where the terminally stupid takes shots at rap, Jay Z, black agents and anything else they hate about there own crummy lives?

    Rap is a valid music form, Jay Z owns a credentialed agency and he has built an entertainment empire. Meanwhile you have … what?

  12. paulland81 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:05 PM

    Wilson may be willing to take a lesser offer but I doubt the NFLPA would appreciate him taking a below market offer. That’s were the pressure will be applied behind the scenes.

  13. kneelbeforesod says: Feb 4, 2014 4:07 PM

    smooth jazz > country

  14. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Feb 4, 2014 4:24 PM

    Who does Christian Ponder hang out with? Snow (the guy who sang Informer)?

    bag of dirt > Vikings

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 4, 2014 4:35 PM

    Wilson’s mom doesn’t approve. “I didn’t dress you in that nice suit and have your hair nicely trimmed to hang out with rap musicians, Russell. Goodness!”.

  16. ariani1985 says: Feb 4, 2014 4:44 PM

    Russell come to turd bay. Our team plays clown music at our practices! Plus our quarterback is soft and on the way out.

  17. chucknorrissinspiration says: Feb 4, 2014 4:51 PM

    Ill take harre chrishna music over hip hop 10/10 times. Hip hop is not art or music, it’s noise.

  18. chargerdillon says: Feb 4, 2014 4:51 PM

    Sick of Jay Z already

  19. vegaskid21 says: Feb 4, 2014 5:00 PM

    Don’t do it Russel! Some of us still have respect for you. Sign with Jay Z and it will be lost.

  20. goldrush36 says: Feb 4, 2014 5:07 PM

    Vikings were LAST place in the NFCN that featured Cutler and Rodgers missing nearly half the year. Yeah let that settle in a minute.

  21. trollaikman8 says: Feb 4, 2014 5:25 PM

    Oh yeah, well Kaepernick was at a BBQ with Dr.Dre that same day.

  22. seaeagle707 says: Feb 4, 2014 5:25 PM

    What you sayin’ lackey? We gotta play our farm club, again??? Oh Lawdy, how many years we gotta beat them purples into low-grade mush before they get the message? ‘sides, its COLD in Minny, even in the summer!!! Gotta sleep with our socks on!

  23. patsfan112 says: Feb 4, 2014 5:25 PM

    Jay Z and Beyoncé seemed unimpressed from the pics that I saw. I think they were hoping to sit next to Tom Brady or something and got seated next to Russell Wilson instead. lol

  24. travelingwillies says: Feb 4, 2014 5:30 PM

    Rap used to be good. The rap they play on the radio now and days is just awful

  25. travelingwillies says: Feb 4, 2014 6:00 PM

    Russel Wilson’s wife >>> Beyonce

  26. ariani1985 says: Feb 4, 2014 6:17 PM

    Beyonce is just average.

  27. trevor123698 says: Feb 4, 2014 7:32 PM

    Real christian to hang out with a blatant satanist

  28. nnagi says: Feb 4, 2014 8:03 PM

    Russell Wilson is a cheese ball…

  29. offthelows says: Feb 4, 2014 8:10 PM

    that sounds good, but I don’t see QB’s taking a significant discount to help build a roster around them, marketing or not. Brees had his marketing deals and held out to cash in, and I believe he lost a trusty tackle in the process. To some degree, it’s an obligation to other QBs in the league to accept the type of money your peers are making. Sure, there’s the older vet who will play for much less money than his market value to “chase the ring”, but you rarely see it with players in their prime.

  30. realfootballfan says: Feb 5, 2014 2:06 AM

    Wonder how long, or better yet, how much he has to make before the generally ignorant football fan predictably turns on Wilson for being paid by his owner who is the second richest man in America due to a product he and his partner swiped 30 years ago and is involved in a league that’s pushing collectively toward being a $10 billion a year business.

    I guess we love capitalism unless we have a problem with who’s capitalizing. Same good old fickle fans.

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