Report: Seahawks restructure Russell Wilson’s deal for Duane Brown cap space

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The Seahawks wanted left tackle Duane Brown to improve their ability to protect quarterback Russell Wilson and Wilson reportedly did his part to make sure the deal sending Brown from Houston to Seattle could come to fruition.

Brown’s contract calls for him to make a little less than $5 million over the rest of the season, which meant that the Seahawks needed to do some work to create cap space even after sending cornerback Jeremy Lane to the Texans in the deal.

Andrew Brandt of TheMMQB.com reports that they did that by restructuring Wilson’s contract. Per Brandt, Wilson converted $6.26 million of his salary to a signing bonus that allows them to spread the cap hit out over the remaining years of the deal. That opened up $4.1 million of room.

Brown is signed through next season, but held out until last week in hopes of getting a new contract. That didn’t happen in Houston, but Seattle General Manager John Schneider indicated the team is interested in extending Brown’s contract so he’s in Seattle for “several more years.”

30 responses to “Report: Seahawks restructure Russell Wilson’s deal for Duane Brown cap space

  1. Shows you these QB’s are far too interdependent to be paid so much more than the other top players on the team. When will the NFL get this right. They are obviously paying then contract salary the team cannot afford. And Russell is not even in the cap space of the current QB’s coming up for deals who have never won anything. And Wilson has so what does that say about the others?

  2. Be interested to see what his new contract looks like. He lost 5mil over the worst holdout ever and I don’t see how he ever makes that up….

  3. @theweedsthruthetrees Wilson only gained in this deal. First he took $6.23 million of salary (ie money paid out by week) and got it all up front. Thus this money became guaranteed (no fines can hit this money ect). There was no sacrifice involved.

  4. I mentioned something about the salary cap ramifications yesterday and some delusional Seahawk fan said they were fine with the salary cap. If they are fine then why do they have to do stuff like this? That may work for this year but next year’s cap is going to be tight for them too unless it goes up quite a bit. Wilson converting his salary to a bonus may save them money this year but that means it will count an additional $2M in 2018 and 2019. That doesn’t solve to problem that Brown wants more money. Where do they get that? Wilson’s cap hit jumps to $21M next year (from $18M). Bobby Wagner’s cap hit jumps to $13.6M (from $7.6M). Doug Baldwin jumps from $4.4M to $11.9M next year. Kam Chancellor jumps from $6.6M to $9.8M.

    They’ll probably be asking these guys to convert salary to bonus next year but that only kicks the can down the road…unless they cut them but then they have all that dead money that hits the cap. Say what you want, they are going to have some challenges with the cap next year.

  5. aarons444 says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:37 am
    Schneider locked up GM of the year ridding himself of Jeremy Lane and that bad contract.
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    Starting the year with that o-line alone precludes his consideration. This is about win now with an aging and soon to be even more expensive team.

  6. regaliaimagewear says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Shows you these QB’s are far too interdependent to be paid so much more than the other top players on the team.

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    Player salaries are based on 2 things – performance and degree of difficulty in replacing that player. If the Seahawks think they have another viable option at QB, they aren’t paying Wilson 20+ mil. QBs are paid more because they are much harder to replace than any other player on the field.

  7. The salary cap train is on destination Seattle. Schneider will probably jump ship right as the disaster hits. I don’t give Wilson that much credit for doing what he did… he’s getting a bonus now. Pushing money down the road with a still very good but aging and expensive defense which has probably lost Avril lines up for trouble down the road.

  8. A QB with a clean image, like Russell Wilson, can make more money on endorsements than he can playing football. If Russell wins a second super bowl, his endorsement opportunities multiply. Look at Peyton Manning. He took a pay cut in Denver, but he also became the first QB to win a super bowl with two teams. You can’t watch TV without seeing Peyton Manning commercial. He could have played that season for free, but it’s worth hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements. So in the right situation, a QB actually makes a lot more money by taking a pay cut. Russell Wilson could be in the right situation.

  9. The salary cap train is on destination Seattle. Schneider will probably jump ship right as the disaster hits.
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    Richest owner in the sport, who doesn’t meddle.

    Rabid fan base.

    Great QB.

    Schneider isn’t going anywhere.

  10. mrbigass says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Be interested to see what his new contract looks like. He lost 5mil over the worst holdout ever and I don’t see how he ever makes that up….

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    I don’t think negotiations are going to go smoothly. It’s not like Brown was playing for cheap in Houston when he held out.

  11. Russell Wilson is also 2-1 against Brady. He would have been 3-0 against Brady if Pete Carroll just ran the ball. Wilson deserves the money.

  12. whenwilliteverend says:
    October 31, 2017 at 11:21 am
    I mentioned something about the salary cap ramifications yesterday and some delusional Seahawk fan…….

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    What team doesn’t restructure a contract or two to sign a stud. Every team does it!!

  13. According to spotrac, the trade left Seattle at -$26K in cap space. So this puts them back around $4M. I doubt you’ll see them do anything with Brown’s contract this year, but they could extend him after the season.

  14. Delusional trolls have been saying for years, “what are the Seahawks going to do? They are in cap hell and their team is getting old an expensive!” Well, what the seahawks do is figure it out and go to the playoffs year after year.

  15. hahahaha, wait until you see what a bust Brown will be. You just put a cancer in your locker room! remember I said this! Hahahaha

  16. Texans fan here. This is a huge win win for Seattle and D.Brown. You guys are getting a beast. If anyone says different, they are being salty. When you see him in person, he is not the typical ‘Hog Build’ type linemen. He is simply a specimen. He is a leader amongst men and didn’t fit the good ole boy image the Texans want (ie JJ Watt). Bottom line, McNair was simply but hurt and D.Brown didn’t want to play for such a clown any longer. Texans leadership will keep us from ever reaching our full potential. Good luck Seattle, I wish my teams owner was half of what you guys have up there.

  17. This is setting up to be a cap situation much like the Saints incurred several years ago with the big Brees contract — kicking the can down the road to squeeze a couple of ounces more out of an aging team — and the Saints didn’t do squat until the cap was finally cleared up a bit this year. But hey, the Hawks will be good this year.

  18. Great talent.

    His five cent head will fit in great in Seattle. Another emotions > facts and reality nutcase.

    Loaded up for 2017, but this just made their cap situation going forward much worse.

    Something is going to have to give. You don’t hold out and lose ~5 million to not be looking to be the 1st-3rd highest paid player at your position, and LT isn’t cheap. Just in case anyone is wondering, for 2018 that top three LT’s are scheduled to be counted against the cap at 14.45, 15, and 17.5 million. The $15 million is for Russell Okung. You know him. You think he’s going to get paid less then Okung? Maybe the first year cap hit, but overall, he’s going to get paid.

    This restructure of Wilson will only make it worse. That’s an additional million or so on the cap for each of the next three years that wasn’t there yesterday.

    Oh and there’s the dead cap hit for Jeremy Lane’s contract, which is $2.5 million for 2018.

    But I applaud them for making this move, because Wilson needed some blocking, and they were going to get him killed back there.

    But it’s going to cost them. Cap $$$, Lane, the draft picks (4th in 2018 and 2nd in 2019) they give up, and whoever they probably have to cut or not re-sign in the off season to fit the deal in. Graham? A member of the LOB? Someone is.

    The Seahawks already have $149+ million committed to next season cap wise for only 37 players. Then you have draft picks and the Brown extension to worry about.

    Hell Seahawks already have $102 million committed to 22 players for 2019, which is also the last year of Wilson’s deal, so he’ll be looking for a raise around then too.

    Given the above and the fact that Sheldon Richardson AND Jimmy Graham are both UFA’s after the season, watch out. How you going to pay all three?

    Good luck.

  19. Frank Clark – 24
    Jarran Reed – 24
    Sheldon Richardson – 26
    Bobby Wagner – 27
    KJ Wright – 28
    Earl Thomas – 28
    Richard Sherman – 29
    Kam Chancellor – 29

    .. go ahead and keep writing off this defense. They’re all spent, and their run is clearly over. Yep. No, doubt about.

  20. purpleguy says:
    October 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm
    This is setting up to be a cap situation much like the Saints incurred several years ago with the big Brees contract — kicking the can down the road to squeeze a couple of ounces more out of an aging team — and the Saints didn’t do squat until the cap was finally cleared up a bit this year. But hey, the Hawks will be good this year.
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    This is nothing at all like the Saints situation. Seattle is paying players that actually play for them. Brees contract was never the issue in New Orleans it was all the dead cap money, @ $80M the last 2 years alone. It’s no surprise a purple has no clue what they are talking about, the real surprise is finding one that does.

  21. Given the above and the fact that Sheldon Richardson AND Jimmy Graham are both UFA’s after the season, watch out. How you going to pay all three?

    LOL…I remember when they were saying this about Earl & Sherm & Kam…it’s quaint.

  22. Joeckel and his $8m will come off the books. Lacy’s contract comes off too. That takes care of Brown salary. The team will be just fine as Avril retirement/release will be absorbed in Clark’s second contract Haters say they’ll be in cap hell but they won’t be. This says nothing of Graham coming off the books. Richardson is too. The team will be fine and Russell was gonna need a renegotiation anyway.

  23. mrbigass says:
    October 31, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Be interested to see what his new contract looks like. He lost 5mil over the worst holdout ever and I don’t see how he ever makes that up….
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    How is it the worst holdout ever if he got what he wanted?

  24. charliecharger says:
    October 31, 2017 at 11:58 am

    If Russell wins a second super bowl, his endorsement opportunities multiply. Look at Peyton Manning.
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    Russell Wilson already won 2 SB’s. OC Darryl Bevell gave the trophy away.

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