John Schneider: Russell Wilson’s next contract presents challenges

AP

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is wrapping up his third NFL season, which means he’ll be eligible for a new contract in the offseason.

After making the playoffs in all three years of his career, advancing to the Super Bowl twice and winning more games than any other quarterback through his first three years, Wilson stands to make a handsome amount of money under that contract. On Tuesday, General Manager John Schneider acknowledged that Wilson’s impending jump from making less than $1 million to making in the neighborhood of $20 million will have a major effect on the rest of the team.

“It presents challenges, there is no question,” Schneider said, via 710 ESPN. “We might not be able to dip into free agency like you may want to here and there or compensate somebody else that you want to compensate that is already on your team.”

Players like Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett have paid off in a big way on free agency dips for Seattle and they’re going to need to compensate the likes of linebacker Bobby Wagner in addition to Wilson in the near future. However they manage those moves, the pressure will be high for Schneider to continue hitting big in the draft on the young, inexpensive players needed to surround Wilson and the rest of the core for the Seahawks to keep winning.

87 responses to “John Schneider: Russell Wilson’s next contract presents challenges

  1. Schneider has done a great job…but now we’ll see exactly how good he really is or isn’t…

  2. Wilson is a decent QB, but I am not sold on him being worth $20 million plus a season. As much as I hate Seattle, their success is truly the result of the team as a whole and not the QB. Losing Lynch in he offseason plus a few other role players is really going to take a toll on the Seahawks.

  3. We’re all Christians and all about “those guys in that locker room” until that big money is waved in our faces. I’m not criticizing Russell at all- cuz I know I’d be tempted to take every penny too- but I really hope he doesn’t give us the “it’s not about the money” line. That’s when you know it’s all about the money.

  4. The kind of challenges you relish when you have the best young QB in the NFL that has already redefined the position while, 4 days from now, winning 2 SB titles in 3 years. The dynasty is on and RW is at the helm!

  5. Given their nearly “free ride” the past three years, Seahawks management now must face reality.

    Those are the kinds of headaches most GMs would kill to have.

  6. The Seahawks have enjoyed QB play just below the elite tier level at less than a million dollars per. That’s less than most back ups are paid.

    3476 passing yards 20 pass TDs, 6 ints to go with 849 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs.

    He will get paid and paid handsomely.

  7. Now the GM has to actually make hard choices. The rookie contract of low round/high talent QBs is a gift from God to teams…….Brady, Big Ben, Wilson. Reallocating cash to the QB removes talent and depth from rosters…..and holes open up. Every team with elite, high priced QBs knows what Seattle is about to go through. Going forward, Seattle will be just another very good team crossing its fingers on the injury front.
    Lets give Brady a little credit…his reduced salaries going forward has allowed New England to be a little deeper and more aggressive on the FA front. Revis and Browner were brought in thanks to the QB who chooses to get paid half what he is worth. The game is all about deploying limited assets….and QB salary is a huge detriment.

  8. Wilson is not a 20 million a year QB.

    Take a amazing defense and beast mode away from him, and he would not have been in the super bowl twice with all those winds likely. I am not saying the Wilson is bad, he”s pretty good. but the economics of cap destroying salaries are still out of whack. Seattle has no choice but to pay him because teams are so desperate for a QB someone will pay him whatever he wants.

    The days of Seattle dominating are coming quickly to a close with the huge deal given to Richard Sherman, and the huge one that will be given to Wilson, it’s gonna start getting hard to keep the band together,.

  9. Outside of the state of Washington, you won’t find too many people feeling sad for you after back to back Super Bowls.

    Time to pay!

  10. It’s really easy…..16 mill a year with a clause in there that each game the crybaby sheds tears 1 million with be deducted. He’ll end up having to pay the seahacks in the end.

  11. There lies the problem for the Seahawks. “Wilson is…..”. Somehow Wilson has gotten too much credit and now the Seahawks will have to pay for the hype.

    Seattle will be back at the bottom sooner than later. They will overpay an average quarterback and lose quality players because of their cap. Everyone knows it is coming, even the guy who is paid to not let it happen.

    They can win with any quarterback with average skill. There are guys on rosters all over the league who fit the bill and are not starting for the team they are currently on. Instead, they will pay Wilson 20 million per year.

  12. This guy does not deserve more than 8-10 million per year. Take it from a Saints fan. Take a stand, keep your cap low so you can continue to improve….unlike my team.

  13. Happens to every team that is a Super Bowl contender for a few years in a row that also has a franchise QB. Eventually the couple of top price contracts limit free agency options and even can prohibit signing a few of their own free agents.

  14. It’s not apples-to-apples when comparing quarterbacks and their contracts.

    Russell Wilson is playing in his second Super Bowl in two years. Rarely do you see a young player get paid for potential and already proven success before his rookie contract expires.

    I think Wilson will demand top dollar but he won’t cripple the team. There’s not a single quarterback like him in the game. Not saying he’s the best but his style is near impossible to thwart.

  15. WHY AGAIN DOES RODGERS GET WHAT HE GETS? THIS IS WILSONS 2ND SUPERBOWL IN 3 YEARS. RODGERS HAS BEEN TO 1 IN 7 YEARS OF STARTING, AND HES THE BEST IN THE LEAGUE?

  16. Some executives are super intelligent but lack the common sense God gave their interns. Such is the case with Seattle’s GM apparently. “We might not be able to compensate somebody else that you want to compensate that is already on your team.” What the … ?!? Why in the world would you even go there in the week leading up to the Super Bowl? Just say, “His new contract will present challenges and deservedly so,” and leave it at that.

  17. John Schneider is the best GM in the business. Russell Wilson deserves to get paid because he hasn’t even reached his potential yet and has a chance at his 2nd Super Bowl this weekend.

    15-18 million for your franchise QB should be the money you get. Now every starter scored a Manning type contract but that bar was set too high for a salary cap.

  18. The kid’s a stud. Heck of a third round pick Seattle! I wouldn’t be surprised if this kid decides to play for a league minimum the rest of his career. Just seems like the kind of guy he is.

  19. The biggest challenge is that everyone thinks Wilson is better than he really is. There’s a reason the Seahawks are dead last in pass attempts every year. They know he’s limited as a passer, but they just keep winning, and Wilson gets credit for it. If they pay him anywhere in the neighborhood of $20M per year, they are done.

  20. This is why the “Seahawks model” is impossible to copy. Teams don’t normally go to back-to-back Super Bowls with a QB making $600,000.

  21. Seattles window closes after the game on Sunday night. Wilson is very good but he’s not a qb that can carry a team. Seattle may be the first team who’d benefit bucking the trend by paying everyone else on that team and finding a cheap qb who can just keep the boat from sinking (not that Wilson is this type of qb but for $20M, he’d need to be “the man”)

  22. So in other words, they will ne hamstrung by qb contract like the rest of the league.

    Welcome to reality. Wilson is decent but not a superstar when you can’t afford the current team around him. Superstar QBs carry their teams. Wilson would have been a bust on about 29 teams in the NFL.

  23. Hawks were built from the bottom up.

    It’s not built on a bunch of high dollar free agents.

    The challenge for the Hawks, like everyone else, will be to keep as many of those home grown as possible while drafting well enough to fill gaps.

  24. The guy carries the team at times. look at the green bay game. He had one of the worst starts to a playoff game that you could possibly have. He had a 4th quarter interception that looked like game over. He just does not quit. All 4 interceptions were attempts to get the ball to Kearse. So in OT what does he do? He throws a 35 yard bomb to Kearse for the game winner. Second Conference Championship in a row that Kearse caught the winning TD.

    He amy not be the most prolific passer but he is good. He does not need to air it out 355 yards a game. He has a strong defense and a super running back. Why risk it? When he is good he is really good. Has he had bad games? yes he has. So has Brady so has manning so has Brees.

    Back to back Superbowls? Wow! Yes the team is strong on defense. Think Terry Bradshaw and the Steelers.

    Before Wilson arrives this team is 7-9 both years. They already had a super running back, and a good solid defense. But they had no leadership at QB.

    Sometimes you just need that real cool leadership under pressure. I think Wilson presents that. He does not let the distractions of fame get to him. He is focused.

    I hope that his contract does not sink the boat, because no matter how good a QB is there still needs to be a solid team around them. Peyton Manning is an excellent example of that with the Colts.

  25. For the last time…….starting NFL QBs get at least $16 million per year. Good to great starters get $20 mil+ per year. Why a number of you guys don’t understand that is beyond me.

    Wilson will get $18+ if not $20 mill per year. The same jokers on here that said Flacco wouldn’t get $20 mill a year are on here again spreading their wisdom.

    Wilson will break the bank. He has been under paid by NFL QB market standards for 3 years now with no one complaining about it being unfair. It’s a bit wishful thinking to believe he will give a discount on this contract when he has been playing at a huge discount the past 3 years.

  26. Salary cap is going up. A $20 million/ year QB isn’t what it used to be. There will be limitations, but Seattle is draft first (like all good franchises). They’ll be fine.

  27. After making the playoffs in all three years of his career, advancing to the Super Bowl twice and winning more games than any other quarterback through his first three years, Wilson stands to make a handsome amount of money under that contract.

    This is the problem – people attributing too much of the success & failure of the entire team to the QB. And Wilson is going to be the beneficiary of that, so much so that it will cripple his team financially. At least he’s already used to a WR corps that consists of mainly undrafted FA’s making league minimum.

    In the salary cap age, you can’t keep them all – especially if you think of yourself as a team that manages the cap smartly (unlike a kick-the-can team like New Orleans/Dallas/Pittsburgh trying to keep their window open).

    If I were the Hawks, I might consider tabling an extension for Wilson until after the 2015 season and made sure I kept Lynch for 2015 as well, since that might be the last, best shot at another title in the forseable future.

  28. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, KJ Wright, are already extended. Those are by far the biggest pieces on the team’s defense besides Bobby Wagner and Byron Maxwell, which at least 1 of them will be extended this off-season.

    Doug Baldwin has been extended, and Marshawn is under contract for 1 more year.

    The only problem the Seahawks are going to face is when Marshawn’s contract is up and/or he gets old and they have to replace him.

    The offensive line, WR’s and TE can really only get better from here.

    This year IS the down year from winning a Super Bowl..and they’re back. They lost way more last off-season than they will this off-season

  29. Look at the numbers, RW is the best QB in the HISTORY OF THE NFL through three years.

    For example…

    By year three TB never had a QB rating over 86. This is the first year RW’s been below 100 at 95.

    Through three years TB had 6500 passing yards, RW 10000. Oh yeah, throw another 1900 rushing yards onto that.

    Through three years TB had a completion of 53.1%, RW 63.4%.

    Of course through three years TB went to one SB and “won****” it. Through three RW is in and will win his second SB, without *******.

    Yards per completion, RW.
    Yards per attempt, RW.
    Over 20 or 40 yards, RW.

    And the last two seasons have seen as many as 4 of 5 linemen injured at one time including using a 3rd string center for a few games this year and receivers who you all say aren’t good. TB, Manning, Breez, Romo, etc. would all be on IR behind this line. Maybe Rodgers and Luck could have survived, maybe.

  30. 4 picks in the last playoff game… That should’ve sealed their fate, but instead all of that got erased because they’re back in the Super Bowl. The guy is average, has had an amazing D the past two years, and a very good run game to lean on. He deserves less credit for where they are than anybody else on this team. With a performance like his last game how does he come close to comparing to real “elite” qbs? He should’ve never had a chance to be in a position to win that game.
    I hate the Patriots, but I think they are the better team and deserve the win on Sunday. I also think they are going to walk away with this one…

  31. “Give him 4 years $100 mil.

    All guaranteed”

    …and this is why you’re not a GM. Why would Seattle bury themselves in guaranteed money AND yearly salary?

  32. I laugh when people say moronic things like “Wilson would have been a bust on about 29 teams in the NFL.”

    As a Titans fan, I have no doubt that fans of my team and these 15 other teams would love to have Russell Wilson instead of their current QB:

    Bears
    Bengals
    Bills
    Browns
    Buccaneers
    Cardinals
    Dolphins
    Eagles
    Falcons
    Jaguars
    Jets
    Raiders
    Rams
    Redskins
    Texans

    … and arguably a few other teams as well.

  33. Perfect opportunity for the Patriots to step in and sweep him up….the Pats. will end up having to fire their ball boy over this other nonsense “deflategate” well…..there you go they’ll need a replacement ball boy….step in Russell Wilson.

  34. It’s clear that you dont have to break the bank to pay Wilson and others. Rodgers has a great contract as an example. No need to go all in when you can pay him anywhere north of $10 million and be okay to pay others.

  35. One of my best friend is a Hawks fan, and he keeps talking about Russ might get 25 million a year.

    I say do it and see how elite Wilson is.

    Great player, greater person, but has benefitted from being on some amazing teams.

    I would have loved to see the Dallas teams of the 90s go against the hawks. That would have been entertaining with the Dallas O Line.

  36. I don’t see Wilson commanding $20M/year. If the Hawks pay him that much they are setting themselves up for a major drop off in coming years.

    There are only a handful of franchise QBs that can truly carry a team and that are worth that kind of $$. Wilson is a solid QB, but the Hawks have been successful being a defensive oriented team and having Wilson manage the game, and then make a few big plays.

    It took a borderline miracle for them to get past GB…and Wilson was terrible that entire game.

  37. Some of you people are hilarious. Do you really believe that Seattle is in the draft and develop game like the great franchises have managed to do? Think they took Wilson in the 3rd round thinking he was a franchise guy? How about Sherman? What was he, a 5th rounder? Think they saw a franchise DB there? Half that teams starters are guys that Seattle just got lucky on and they will NOT be able to afford to keep them. Seattle is the luckiest team in the NFL. That luck will run out in short order. You can pretend it will not, but you will be fooling no one but yourself if you think that way. Enjoy the success now because it is going to be a long time before it comes back. When the bottom drops out of that team, it is going to be ugly there for a long time.

  38. Wilson will get paid, Lynch needs to get paid, and Seattle will lose what they have won with; defense. The only reason they got the 1st seed this season was because of the Cardinals loosing all their QBs. The only reason they are in the Superbowl is because they faced a bad Panthers team and then got super lucky against Green Bay.

    Enjoy it now folks, because after this season, the wheels are going to start falling off.

  39. Everyone in Seattle is a SB Champ now and wants to get paid, same problem every good team has, players want to get paid top money and coaches leave, nothing new here. That is how the NFL works, suck it up butter cup!

  40. Almost every comment here is from non Seahawks fans with most being Seahawks haters. You all have no clue what you are talking about. The Seahawks are about to make Russell Wilson the highest paid QB in the NFL. Just like last year when Richard Sherman became the highest paid CB and Earl Thomas the highest paid safety.

    With Russell Wilson at QB the Seahawks will be winners for many years to come and all you haters will have plenty of time to keep on hating.

  41. can’t keep great teams together anymore. One bad break or injury away from being an average team.

  42. This is about to be the case study in how overpaying na above average QB can kill a team.

    You thought flacco was rough…his cap jump wasn’t really that bad. RW’s current his is less than the punter.

  43. I’ve listened to Wilson when he was mic’d up during a game and he made ME feel like I could strap on some shoulder pads and tackle the devil himself! What he brings to the game can’t be quantified by statistics, even though his are sterling. What he brings to the game is leadership and heart. Wouldn’t trade him for ANY other QB in the league at any price!

  44. Yeah its too bad, everyone knows Schneider built this team through free agency!! Who has this idiot drafted besides

    Thomas
    Chancellor
    Sherman
    Maxwell
    Lane
    Wright
    Wagner
    Irvin
    Hill
    Okung
    Britt
    Baldwin (UDFA)
    Kearse (UDFA)
    Wilson
    Willson
    Carpenter
    Sweezy
    Richardson

    Wait a minute… they might be OK

  45. jimbo75025 says:
    Jan 28, 2015 7:22 AM
    Wilson is a decent QB, but I am not sold on him being worth $20 million plus a season. As much as I hate Seattle, their success is truly the result of the team as a whole and not the QB. Losing Lynch in he offseason plus a few other role players is really going to take a toll on the Seahawks.
    ______

    So the 15 game-winning drives in 28 opportunities (53.5% – good enough for 4th best among active QBs), and his 98.8 career rating (best in NFL history, over a QB’s first three years) are more about his team than him? So you could plug any average NFL QB into that offense and he’d perform the same?

    And Lynch is under contract for next year. He’s not a free agent.

    A little fact checking helps.

  46. The Seahawks are done when Marshawn leaves. That should be their biggest concern. He will hold-out again next season; and the 1 ring dynasty will be gagging about how much they just sacrificed to keep the midget, when the real motor of that team will be ready to walk his way back to Oakland and put that team back on the map.

  47. No doubt Wilson has talent and is a scrappy QB, however, I wonder if he had been taken by another team how well would have he done? I mean let’s be honest there was a well laid foundation around him when he arrived, you could almost say the same thing about Brady who wasn’t taken until the 6th round, New England had a solid foundation around him, so lets say if either had landed in oh Cleveland, Jacksonville, Washington or any number of teams who’ve been at the bottom….

  48. dstep24 says:
    Jan 28, 2015 12:12 PM

    So the 15 game-winning drives in 28 opportunities (53.5% – good enough for 4th best among active QBs), and his 98.8 career rating (best in NFL history, over a QB’s first three years) are more about his team than him? So you could plug any average NFL QB into that offense and he’d perform the same?

    And Lynch is under contract for next year. He’s not a free agent.

    A little fact checking helps.
    ———————————————
    The fact that he has had 28 opportunities for game winning drives while playing with the #1 defense for 3 years straight doesn’t exactly scream “offensive juggernaut”

  49. Seattle will become the next Green Bay – with a QB and LB eating-up all their cap space, they will be more than likely good-but-not-great. Generally one-and-done from here on out.

  50. I still chuckle over the bleacher report article that said the Seahawks 2012 draft was a bomb according to most of the fans. They were voted as the team with the worst “draft day”.

  51. Thumbs down my comment if you don’t know how the salary cap works and think Seattle has all their guys locked into contracts that keep them under the cap.

    How some people can gloat about their team paying big money contracts to players and think that will not impact how many quality players they can have is beyond me. Not to mention, some of you think they can keep signing guys to contracts that make the player the highest paid at their position. How do you all suppose 140 million in cap pays 15 guys 20 million a year. Yeah, the Seahawks are on the verge of losing about half their talent. Be ready for it.

  52. You have to trust the management, specifically the owner who hopfully stays out of football decisions, the GM and the coach. Players come and go. The Seahawks have top flight management and as long as they stay together they will normally have a top ranked team like New England, Pittsburge, Green Bay & the Ravens year after year. Note that SF is no longer on that list.

  53. Yeah, the hawks will be done once Wilson gets paid. If only they were good at drafting young talent that could supplement the team. Oh wait, they drafted all those guys and already have that whole defense signed except Wagner and maxwell? Yeah, but those guys are old and won’t last. What? They’re all under 26 yr old and will still be on their prime when they’re contract runs out. Trust me, john and Pete will be fine. And all you hawk haters will be seeing the hawks in the playoffs for the next decade.

  54. hope the hawk nation doesn’t pull a charger move on Wilson.
    The Chargers are known for developing players, then let them go…. #smh

  55. dstep24 says:
    Jan 28, 2015 12:12 PM

    So the 15 game-winning drives in 28 opportunities (53.5% – good enough for 4th best among active QBs), and his 98.8 career rating (best in NFL history, over a QB’s first three years) are more about his team than him? So you could plug any average NFL QB into that offense and he’d perform the same?

    And Lynch is under contract for next year. He’s not a free agent.

    A little fact checking helps.
    ——————————————————————–
    Rodgers rating was higher the first three years he actually started, but you do make a good point. Wilson doesn’t have the wow factor of Rodgers, Manning, or Luck.. but he does everything he’s asked to do, and he does it very well. He reminds me a lot of Tom Brady in his early years… He’s certainly looks to be worth $20m a year right now. Heck, even guys like Joe Flacco, Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton, and Matthew Stafford are commanding that kind of money.

  56. Could he get $20 million a year if he demanded it? Probably. Should he? No. He’s not that great. His TEAM is great. Hopefully he realizes that and takes a little less so they can keep the team together.

  57. How is Wilson an “average” QB? He is in the top 3 in just about any statistic that matters for the first 3 years of a QB’s career and is 1st in most of the really important ones.

    Sure, he’s got a great defense and a great running game, but that running game is great in part because of him, and that defense allows Wilson to play conservatively. But when the heat is on and the games on the line he’s on pace to be the greatest (by a large margin) ever come from behind, clutch QB with 18 game winning drives in his first 3 seasons alone, leading Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck by 5 already. 3 of those in the playoffs, Tying him for 7th place all-time and 3rd among active QB’s.

  58. He is AVERAGE… Face it. After Sunday you’ll see that he shouldn’t have been in the Super Bowl this year. He will be out matched by a good qb. He shouldn’t even be in this game. He was TERRIBLE against GB. He got extra chances he shouldn’t have, otherwise the talk would’ve been “Russell is overrated”, but because the Defense made stops and GB ran idiotic plays he got chance after chance after chance. You can post all the stats you want… They’re not that impressive.

  59. So he had his worst game ever and he won it anyway with a 35 yard perfect pass to the guy who was responsible for at least 2, if not 3 of the interceptions, and that makes him average?

    He can’t help what the other team does on offense and he can’t help what his defense does or doesn’t do, but he can win a close game, and so far he’s already one of the best at doing it in the biggest games. His one playoff loss was on the Defense, and he did everything he needed to do to win it, including what should have been a game winning, come from behind drive leaving only ~35 seconds on the clock.

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