After three trips to the playoffs, two Super Bowl appearances and one championship in his first three season in the league, Russell Wilson is finally eligible to get a new contract from the Seattle Seahawks.
Wilson, a third round pick in 2012, has been making pennies compared to the rest of the league’s top quarterbacks. Wilson earned just $662,434 in base salary this season, though he had plenty of high-profile endorsement deals off the field as well.
But Wilson says he’s not concerned about his contract as the Seahawks attempt to turn the page on their Super Bowl loss.
“To be honest with you, I haven’t really thought anything about it,” Wilson said Tuesday. “You know, I obviously want to play in Seattle forever. That’s my goal, and I want to be with this organization. I love this organization. I love this city. I love these fans, and I love winning here. We’ve won a lot of football games here, and that’s the goal, you know. Every year I step on the field, every time I go out those doors back there, the goal is to have a winning day and the goal is to have a winning practice with great teammates around me. So, I think that’s where my focus is, is just continue to find ways to win, and hopefully it’s here in Seattle forever.”
Wilson shouldn’t have any concerns about being with the Seahawks long-term. It will just be a matter of what the number the two sides agree upon actually is. Wilson further stated that being the highest paid quarterback in the league wasn’t important to him. He just wants to keep winning games. When further asked about if it was important to get a deal done this offseason so he didn’t enter next year without a deal in place for 2016, Wilson gave a somewhat exasperated reply.
“I really honestly don’t think about it,” he said. “I didn’t grow up with much, so for me I play the game because I have great people around me. God gave me a tremendous gift, so hopefully the Seahawks want me around forever. Hopefully that is the case and I love being here too and I love being around these fans and this community, so hopefully that is the circumstance.”