Russell Wilson leaving Seattle in 2016 is a real possibility

AP

Russell Wilson surely wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL. And he almost surely will be, at least until Andrew Luck or someone else sets the ever-rising bar even higher.

The real question becomes whether he’ll get that record-setting-until-the-next-record-setting deal from the Seahawks or someone else.

The Seahawks currently face the three options set forth earlier today: (1) sign Wilson to a long-term deal; (2) apply the non-exclusive franchise tag; or (3) apply the exclusive franchise tag. (There’s technically a fourth option that will be addressed in a later post — that’s called a tease, Jimmy.)

Those are the choices the Ravens faced in February 2013 with quarterback Joe Flacco, and the Ravens opted to make Flacco the highest-paid player in the league, a title he held for barely two months. The Ravens gave Flacco a contract $120.6 million over six years (which included $62 million over the first three) because the exclusive tag would have cost more than $19 million for 2013 (and nearly $75 million over three), and because the non-exclusive tag would have opened the door for the Browns or someone else to swoop in and offer the market-value deal the Ravens wouldn’t.

The possibility of the Seahawks opting not to pay a market-value deal and also opting not to use the exclusive franchise tag (which likely would result in a three-year payout to Wilson of more than $98 million) would leave the Seahawks with one choice: Apply the non-exclusive tag, assume the risk that someone else will sign him to an offer sheet reflecting a market-value deal, and either match the offer or accept two first-round picks as compensation from Wilson’s new team.

Apparently, Wilson already has accepted the possibility that he’ll eventually be moving from Seattle to a new NFL city, in the same way he moved from North Carolina State to Wisconsin. Per a league source, the Seahawks for now remain intent on working out a long-term deal with Wilson.

At some point, though, the possibility of using the non-exclusive tag and harvesting a pair of first-round picks will become more distinct — especially if the two sides can’t make real progress toward a long-term agreement.

There’s still plenty of time before the drop-dead point arrives. In a deadline-driven business, the real deadline for the Seahawks comes just as the annual window for applying the franchise tag arrives in 2016. But Seattle can create a practical deadline for Wilson by making a very large offer short of his market value before training camp opens, or at the latest before the season begins.

Although Wilson seems to be content to play in 2015 at a mere $1.5 million, there’s a number less than what he could get after his rookie deal expires that would change his mind now. In the coming days and weeks, an effort undoubtedly will be made to craft such an offer.

But if a long-term deal can’t be reached before the regular season begins, the wheels will be in motion on a train that could result in Wilson rolling to another NFL city for 2016.

100 responses to “Russell Wilson leaving Seattle in 2016 is a real possibility

  1. Can you imagine the insanity that would ensue on the West Coast if the 49ers were the team that landed Wilson in 2016? (They are a team in need of a franchise QB and likely will be then as well.)

  2. Yeah… He ain’t going nowhere. Even the Seahawks realize that franchise QB’s don’t grow on trees. They’ll eventually come to their senses and pay him.

  3. So much for all that talk by Seahawks fans that he is going to take a cheap, team friendly deal. Ha ha ha ha!!! Their team will crumble if he leaves

  4. If this guys end game is to be the highest paid player in the game then more power to him, but it won’t be in Seattle. Let him cash in a place like Cleveland and then we can see the snot get kicked out of him every week while he loses. People need to realize that if you want to see the majority of that contract, it would behoove you to be on a good team that would ensure you make it to the end of it.

  5. Just to preempt the “He’s just a game manger trolls”…

    Most wins in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history.
    #2 all-time in regular season passer rating.
    #5 all-time in post season passer rating.
    Tied with Payton Manning and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history with 50 or more TD passes in 1st 2 seasons.

    Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

    84 TD passes in his 1st 3 seasons. More than Tom Brady.

    Tom Brady.

    How many of those 84 TD passes did the defense or Marshawn Lynch throw?

    Most playoff wins in last 3 seasons.
    Most wins in last 3 seasons.
    2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl victory.
    11-1 against other Super Bowl QBs.

    Yeah, Wilson’s not elite…

  6. seanpscott says:

    So much for all that talk by Seahawks fans that he is going to take a cheap, team friendly deal. Ha ha ha ha!!! Their team will crumble if he leaves
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    Funny, don’t seem to remember anybody saying that. As to the team “crumbling,” I hear that every year.

    Won’t happen. 14-2 and another Super Bowl win.

    It’s easier if you just accept it now.

  7. That’s really too bad. I always saw him as more interested in creating a championship legacy and less about the money. I know the money shows respect and love, and maybe that’s what we really wants is the show of love and respect. Then he’ll work with them for the Championships, at least I hope that’s his mindset. If it’s not then I’ll miss him as my teams QB, but he’s just not the right fit for the TEAM Seattle is trying to build if it’s all about the money.

  8. That’s incredibly brave of Russell to play for $1.5M with no long term deal behind the least experienced Offensive Line in the league.

    LT – Okung, 5th year, 1-time Pro Bowl (2012)
    LG – Alvin Bailey, 3rd year, Undrafted. 5 NFL starts.
    C – Jeanpierre, 6th year, Undrafted, 11 NFL starts.
    RG – Sweezy, 4th year, 7th Rd DT, 34 NFL starts
    RT – Britt, 2nd year, 2nd Rd, 16 NFL starts

    Run, Russell, RUN!

  9. Cheaters like Tom Brady leave money on the table to circumvent the spirit of the cap, Russel Wilson will prove he is an honest man by taking every last cent and showing good sportsmanship while playing for a hollowed out team.

  10. Russell Wilson does not fit the bill for highest paid player, the Seahawks are the definition of a team. RB, great O-line, strong defense, and a high quality QB, not a $25 million one

    In not sure Russell will be able to meet the expectations he’s setting without Lynch

  11. I’d file this one under “unlikely”. With Wilson but without Marshawn, the Seahawks are the Patriots: perennial contenders with a great defense, a great coach, and a franchise QB. With both Wilson and Marshawn, they are dominant. Without Wilson, they will fall apart. Wilson is the key to the Seahawks’ offense, even moreso than Lynch. Lynch is incredibly important, but having an elite QB will always outweigh having an elite RB.

  12. No it’s not. This is all just a bunch of smoke and garbage. The media will keep blabbing about it, seems like Russ wants to keep blabbing about it. People will talk about it annoyingly but when it’s all said and done Seattle will lock down Russell Wilson just like everyone single team does to the franchise QB they drafted. End of story he’s not going anywhere. We hear this baloney every time a QB and team are in a game of contract chicken. I’m tired of hearing about it

  13. If Russell Wilson holds out, he could end this dispute by week one. Ownership and management would look really bad handing the Ferrari keys to Tavaris Jackson.
    Clearly Seahawk management isn’t going to do anything out of guilt.

  14. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:39 PM
    Just to preempt the “He’s just a game manger trolls”…

    Most wins in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history.
    #2 all-time in regular season passer rating.
    #5 all-time in post season passer rating.
    Tied with Payton Manning and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history with 50 or more TD passes in 1st 2 seasons.

    Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

    84 TD passes in his 1st 3 seasons. More than Tom Brady.

    Tom Brady.

    How many of those 84 TD passes did the defense or Marshawn Lynch throw?

    Most playoff wins in last 3 seasons.
    Most wins in last 3 seasons.
    2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl victory.
    11-1 against other Super Bowl QBs.

    Yeah, Wilson’s not elite…

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    You forgot that Seattle apparently has a pretty good defense……………….as in “our bread and butter is not our quarterback but our defense”……………….

    As in………..he threw 4 INTs in the NFCCG but our defense kept us alive.

    But I don’t want to burst your bubble. Wilson is good………..elite???

  15. I suppose Trent Dilfer should have become the league’s highest paid QB after the Ravens won the SB as well.

  16. The only winner here will be the Seahawks Empire as they deftly wade their way through these negotiations. However it ends, all you would-be usurpers will look upon The Empire with jealousy and envy as your hoped for demise will not come to fruition. There is still hope as you can join the bandwagon portion of the Seahawks Empire.

  17. It’s seriously comical seeing all you non-Hawks fans giddy like a kid on friggin Christmas at the thought of Seattle not retaining Wilson. Like this franchise is just that stupid to let him walk and not even attempt to work out some sort of deal to keep him. Everything is all hearsay and speculation at this point. Worry about your own crappy teams and keep trying to convince yourselves that you didn’t wish he was your QB.

  18. Every franchise QB has had the power to hold their team for ransom to unlock true market value, despite having a team salary cap… but none really have. Peyton, though coming off injury, had that power to a degree but was reportedly angry after learning his agent negotiated a deal where he received a higher salary than Tom Brady, who willingly was heavily underpaid in his own right. Rodgers could have played hardball and also received more than $22m/yr at the time of his deal, but didn’t. Flacco probably was the guy who strung this out the furthest and probably was the most “overpaid” of the top tier QBs.

  19. piratefreedom says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:43 PM
    Cheaters like Tom Brady leave money on the table to circumvent the spirit of the cap, ===========

    You are incorrect, the Broncos are the only proven team to circumvent the cap. TB knows the value of Team First. How else were the Pats able to win you dodo bird! Less money on the table means no mess like Joe Flacco’s contract or Jay Cutler’s, or Drew Brees’s to name a few.

  20. I will say this seems to be a theme in Seattle that is more frequent than most. No player seems happy with their contracts, even those just a year out of signing

  21. Ha Florio. Let me throw some more chum in the water for you.

    Seattle franchises him for at least one or two years, then he signs with Dallas after Romo retires due to back issues.

  22. Let him leave and watch somebody else waste all of their cap space on making him the highest paid player in the NFL. The guy is decent, but he’s nothing more than a product of their system. Seattle is built around a strong running game and an elite defense, lets not forget that Tarvaris Jackson led this team to the playoffs. When Marshawn Lynch is shutdown and that defense gets scored on you have games like the NFC championship. Wilson threw 4 picks and they barely squeaked out a win due to Green Bay’s poor decisions including a botched onside recovery and Seattle’s defense managing to weather the early storm. Russell Wilson isn’t some prodigy, he’s just a guy who played a little better than his competitor in training camp and was able to hop aboard the gravy train of an unstoppable running game and #1 defense. He wants to be the highest paid player in the league because he knows he’ll be exposed once Marshawn Lynch finally does retire and that defense falls victim to age and free agency. Just my opinion.

  23. He deserves a big deal but highest paid? Not a chance. The same goes for Luck, at least until Luck shows he can go a big game without throwing multiple picks.

    QB contracts are getting out of control and will ruin that league. Well, ruin it more than Goodell rules and changes have been trying to ruin it.

  24. Love watching the Hawks but never been a big fan of Wilson. Something disingenuous about him. All that god talk tends to get under my skin also. Still tho, they’ll get a deal done and besides Wagner they got the defense locked up so this is a whole lot of nothing.

  25. Of course Wilson wants to get paid but he’s going about it incredibly foolishly. Why not keep negotiations behind closed doors. Really stupid to keep sub tweeting Seattle and making all these public comments. Then drag “god” into it- total embarrassment! As if god gives an s about Wilson’s contract. Russell Wilson’s true colors are showing and it’s ugly. Good luck finding another team with the best defense and the best RB in the NFL loser! Oh and way to throw the biggest CHOKE INT in Super Bowl history! Lol.

  26. I love how people do comparisons to Tom Brady from 15 years ago. LOL The passing rules have changed a lot since then and the average number of TD’s thrown per year has gone up dramatically.

    If a desperate team like the Browns were to sign away Wilson and he was forced to carry the team, he would probably fail miserably or be a mediocre QB at best.

    A QB like Rodgers or Brady would instantly elevate the team around them with their play and carry the team rather than rely on being carried by the team like Wilson does.

    Sorry…but averaging 24 TD’s/year and 3316 yards passing per season does not make you and elite QB. You can’t ask to be paid like one until you can actually prove that you can perform at the same level.

  27. Our DEFENSE is the identity of this team. Having said that, if he did leave it wouldn’t be the end of everything is Seattle.

  28. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:39 PM
    Just to preempt the “He’s just a game manger trolls”…

    Most wins in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history.
    #2 all-time in regular season passer rating.
    #5 all-time in post season passer rating.
    Tied with Payton Manning and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history with 50 or more TD passes in 1st 2 seasons.

    Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

    84 TD passes in his 1st 3 seasons. More than Tom Brady.

    Tom Brady.

    How many of those 84 TD passes did the defense or Marshawn Lynch throw?

    Most playoff wins in last 3 seasons.
    Most wins in last 3 seasons.
    2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl victory.
    11-1 against other Super Bowl QBs.

    Yeah, Wilson’s not elite…

    He’s not. Not even done with his rookie contract and you want to lump him in with first ballot HOFers? Let’s see how he fares with a subpar defense. He is NOT elite and you know nothing about football brau.

  29. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:41 PM
    seanpscott says:

    So much for all that talk by Seahawks fans that he is going to take a cheap, team friendly deal. Ha ha ha ha!!! Their team will crumble if he leaves
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    Funny, don’t seem to remember anybody saying that. As to the team “crumbling,” I hear that every year.

    Won’t happen. 14-2 and another Super Bowl win.

    It’s easier if you just accept it now.
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    Oh really? At least a half dozen of my friends who are Seahawks fans have said that so I have heard it personally from your delusional fan base. You won’t win 14 games or make the Super Bowl with that O line that was terrible last year and got a lot worse with all of those elite pass rushers in the NFC West. Oh and a run heavy team that got a TE that can’t block to save his life. But good luck with that guy!

  30. I have no doubt this is much to do about nothing. Contract negotiations are part of the uglier business side of the NFL. Seattle has done very well with a moneyball concept, but success has its cost. It would be tragic if he left, but I agree he is worth the money.

    Pay the man.

  31. Am I the only one who doesn’t think he’s worth all that money? I mean the guy has never thrown for 4000 yards or over 30 TDs and he wants to make more money than Aaron Rodgers? Come on now

  32. Just to preempt the “He’s just a game manger trolls”…
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    You forgot this one:
    Career record when defense gives up 25+ points: 0-7

  33. Every QB that even sniffs a super bowl wants to be the highest paid at some point — especially if you spend your first 4 years as the lowest paid starter and won a championship. 6 months later someone else will be paid even higher. It’s how it goes… How is this a debate in the slightest?

  34. He seattleboymike, you forgot one stat: Worst interception in Super Bowl History!!!

    RW’s stats may be impressive at first glance to a naive football fan, but those of us who aren’t desperate for him to actually be a good QB can see that he is average at best.

    While Marshawn Lynch and the Defense did not throw any of those pass completions or touchdowns, they absolutely enabled RW to throw them.

    NFL defenses have always focused on stopping the run first, which left the Seattle receivers with softer coverages. Since Lynch is so good, the defenses were not able to stop the run, which kept them off balance and susceptible to both the run and the pass. This made RW’s life easy because he had at least a 50/50 shot at catching the defense in the wrong fit on every play.

    Seattle’s Defense also contributed to RW’s statistics by winning the field position battle, creating turnovers, and keeping the opponents scores down. RW was rarely put in situations where he had to put the team on his back and rally a furious comeback via the passing game.

    Except once, in the Super Bowl, where he showed his true ability by throwing the worst interception in Super Bowl history.

    Any game-manager type QB, including Josh McCown, could put up similar statistics to RW in the same environment.

  35. pay the man, every other team w/out a franchise qb will pounce, a good starting qb is worth 20million plus a year. if a team doesn’t have a stud qb, they go no where. in my opinion, he’s worth 2 first round picks, if Seatle goes cheap, there’s tons of teams that need qb’s Buf, Hou, Chi, Ten, NYJ, etc … Heck, even teams with established aging qb’s would be interested too like Den, SD, NO’s the market for him would rock the NFL landscape.

  36. If he thinks he is anywhere close to Rodgers as a QB
    he is insane! And I’m Vikings Fan!
    He is selfish and tho a good QB he has not proven to me to be elite.
    If an elite quarterback gets injured their team is very average, just look at the Packers as an example.
    I am betting if Wilson would be injured the Seahawks would still be winners.

  37. Without the Seahawks great defense & Beast Mode behind him russell wilson wouldn’t be jacksquat. He stunk up the stadium during the NFC championship game. I say make an offer to him in the range of what the top 5 quaterbacks earn & let him walk if thats not good enough.

  38. If you ever read Pete Carrol’s book, and watched this team you would understand that this is very true. Wilson very well could play somewhere else in 2016, and Seattle could be just fine taking two first round picks. I don’t think it will happen, I really don’t want to sound like that conspiracy theory guy, but I do believe there is some gentlemans agreements out there and Wilson won’t be going anywhere.

  39. It’s seriously comical seeing all you non-Hawks fans giddy like a kid on friggin Christmas at the thought of Seattle not retaining Wilson. Like this franchise is just that stupid to let him walk and not even attempt to work out some sort of deal to keep him. Everything is all hearsay and speculation at this point. Worry about your own crappy teams and keep trying to convince yourselves that you didn’t wish he was your QB.
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    So, Seattle is relevant for 2 years and now every other team is crappy? All you pathetic Seattle fans need to get off your high horse. And no, I don’t think ANY NFL fan of any team would want Wilson over that defense. If you speak to any team, they would ALL pick that defense over WIlson any day, and it’s looking like Seattle is thinking that way too.

  40. brenenostler says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:35 PM

    Greed at its finest. No team loyalty anymore

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    I hope your boss says this to you when you ask for a raise.

  41. Wilson has talent. His ability to turn an escape into a big gain on the field is one of his biggest talents.

    I do not see this happening with his contract. He and Seattle will work this out. He won’t be going anywhere.

  42. I find it somewhat hypocritical of fans to complain about any form of salary that Russell Wilson will/should/will get. I never hear anyone say the Seattle defensive players on massive contracts should have taken less so Wilson could be well paid.

    In the biggest game of the year that vaunted defense TWICE gave up 14 point leads to a team without a super star wide receiver. Yet people still say the Seattle are great because of their defense… bit of stretch.

    Bottom line you need a balanced team all over the field and whilst Wilson may not be everyone’s idea of a star QB his record and game speak for themselves and if you think Seattle will be just as good without him then you don’t know a lot about the game.

  43. I enjoy watching the Seahawks, and I enjoy watching Russell Wilson at q.b.

    The Hawks traded for Jimmy Graham to help Wilson be better.

    But if it means breaking the bank for Wilson at the expense of breaking the team up, then I believe Russell will have to go and find himself another team.

    And I will look forward to the Seahawks playing against him.

  44. seanpscott says: Jun 26, 2015 4:12 PM

    seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:41 PM
    seanpscott says:

    So much for all that talk by Seahawks fans that he is going to take a cheap, team friendly deal. Ha ha ha ha!!! Their team will crumble if he leaves
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    Funny, don’t seem to remember anybody saying that. As to the team “crumbling,” I hear that every year.

    Won’t happen. 14-2 and another Super Bowl win.

    It’s easier if you just accept it now.
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    Oh really? At least a half dozen of my friends who are Seahawks fans have said that so I have heard it personally from your delusional fan base. You won’t win 14 games or make the Super Bowl with that O line that was terrible last year and got a lot worse with all of those elite pass rushers in the NFC West. Oh and a run heavy team that got a TE that can’t block to save his life. But good luck with that guy!
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    Agreed with you Sean. Sorry I acciendtly reported your comment trying to the like button. Love you destroying the Seahawkboymike. He probably still wears he’s repete shirt they sold before the Seahawks even won the super bowl.

  45. Wilson would be 10-2 against Super Bowl winning quarterbacks if it wasn’t for the Fail Mary.

  46. 30 mill a year with 90 in his pocket. He needs to protect himself so not to get injured. There are twenty teams that will pay him and the Seahawks are slapping him in the face by not extending him. He’s clearly out played his rookie contract.

  47. I hate to pile it on because I like Russell Wilson, but you loudmouth Seahawks fans came to the Dolphins stories for both the Suh signing and Tannehill contract and trolled and remarked about “overpaying”. Looks like we are getting bargains compared to what Wilson will demand! Either that and he walks and you go back to loser oblivion. Either way you are screwed. These Contracts are only going up and I doubt Luck or Wilson will be under $160M. HaHaHa Overpaid. 😉

  48. A team can only pay so many of it’s athletes at or near the top salary of their positions.

    Russell Okung, Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham on offense.

    Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Earl Thomas, Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett. Both Bennett and Bobby Wagner want and deserved to get paid if they are gonna keep the keys to that defense intact.

    That’s a lot of mouths they are feeding already.

  49. It cracks me up when these big ego coaches thinkntheir system or their culture is more important than players. This isn’t USC Pete, you can’t just trot out Matt Barkley and win 10 games.

  50. It’s nice to see all the Seahawks haters saying how great the Seahawks defense is. And how great the running game is.

    I just want to mention that Russell Wilson gained 849 rushing yards in the regular season last year. That’s tied for #15 with CJ Anderson of the Broncos. Seriously. Russell Wilson gets more yards on the ground than half the starters in the league.

    So, yeah, combine that with Beast Mode getting 1200 yards a season, and the running game is pretty darn good. Pay the man. Deal with cap casualties. Continue to draft well. The team will be fine.

  51. I don’t think the kids on here know that the Seahawks have been to the playoffs:

    In 9 out of 12 seasons.
    Have been to 3 SB’s in the past 10 yrs and have won 1 Lombardi (though 2005 vs Pitt is up for debate and 2014 was a brain f@rt by Pete)

    That isn’t suddenly relevant. How many NFL teams have been to 3 SB’s in the past 10 years?

    1, 2, 3 ?

  52. Of course he wants to leave the PED hawks the league just announced new way to test for hgh that’s a death sentence for that team

  53. seahawkboymike | Jun 26, 2015, 2:39 PM CDT
    Just to preempt the “He’s just a game manger trolls”…

    Most wins in 1st 3 seasons in NFL history.
    #2 all-time in regular season passer rating.
    #5 all-time in post season passer rating.
    Tied with Payton Manning and Dan Marino as the only players in NFL history with 50 or more TD passes in 1st 2 seasons.

    Peyton Manning and Dan Marino.

    84 TD passes in his 1st 3 seasons. More than Tom Brady.

    Tom Brady.

    How many of those 84 TD passes did the defense or Marshawn Lynch throw?

    Most playoff wins in last 3 seasons.
    Most wins in last 3 seasons.
    2 Super Bowl appearances, 1 Super Bowl victory.
    11-1 against other Super Bowl QBs.

    Yeah, Wilson’s not elite…

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    Based on a this he should be the highest paid player in the NFL but your team won’t commit to that. Why you ask? Because they see his true value to a team. The guy makes big plays in big moments no doubt but he does not carry that team like elite QBs do.

  54. He’s a really good QB, but I don’t think he makes the Seahawks what they are. That team is carried by its consistent high level of play by the Defense and the Running game.

  55. This is a no win situation for Seattle… If he leaves, the team drastically gets worse. If they pay him the highest salary in NFL, they can’t afford to keep talent around him and then they get worse. Only way Seattle will stay relevant is if Wilson realizes he isn’t a top 5 QB and accepts less money.

  56. truetrue85 says:
    Jun 26, 2015 4:00 PM
    …Russell Wilson isn’t some prodigy, he’s just a guy who played a little better than his competitor in training camp…
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    The correct word is actually “competitors” (plural). Wilson was third on the depth chart during training camp.

    The Seahawks didn’t trade T-Jack until Aug 26th. And Flynn was still the starter during the first two games of the preseason, he did not lose the position during training camp. Wilson started the third & fourth preseason games, and finally won the starting position.

    Oddly enough, this scenario was a repeat. One year earlier, Wilson transferred to Wisconsin and walked in fifth on the depth chart…then won the starting position by Week 1. Then won the Big Ten Championship game on his way to the Rose Bowl.

    So funny to see so many people who think they know so much about Russell Wilson.

  57. The Seahawks are screwed no matter what they do. The big winner in all this is gonna be [insert your team’s name here].

  58. Russell Wilson (RW) is acting VERY foolish now. And I’m a HUGE Seahawks’ fan and one of his biggest supporters since he came into the league.

    Sad to say, his GREED is overpowering his common sense … or LACK thereof.

    The FACT that he wants the MOST money could jeopardize the fact that he ARGUABLY plays for THE. BEST. TEAM. in the NFL.

    So WHAT (?) if he earns a “few million” LESS (like $20M/year) playing for SEATTLE vs. earning $22.5M/year playing for cellar-dwellers Cleveland, Tampa Bay or the Redskins?

    What this tells me is that his EGO is in control … he would rather make MAXIMUM dollar playing on a LOSING team than CLOSE to MAXIMUM dollar with the Seahawks.

    It’s so FRIGGIN’ stupid … and he has sponsorship deals up the yin-yang … how MUCH money does one need???

    Prima-donna pro athletes. And I thought Russell was better than that. He sure had me fooled.

    STUPID. STUPID. STUPID.

  59. Not a Seahacks [sic] fan here, but Russell Wilson definitely deserves to get paid for helping his team garner back-to-back Super Bowl appearances with one SB win. The Super Bowl MVP award would have significantly bolstered his desire to be top-paid, but because of Cam Newton’s recent contract, owner Paul Allen has to pay up or Wilson definitely will look into other offers.

  60. There is no way – NO way – that the Seahawks leave any possibility that Wilson leaves in 2016. They would use the exclusive franchise tag. Probably the same thing in 2017. If this article said “2018” instead, I’d take it a little more seriously…come on people!!!

  61. Seahawks are in the same terrible predicament that the ravens were in. Grossly overpay an above average QB or let him walk and and search for a new QB.

  62. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:39 PM

    Just to preempt the “He’s just a game manger trolls”…
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    Hey Mikey……. Just a real quick piece of advice….

    If your going to compare Russle Wilson, or ANY QB who began his career post 2002, NEVER use the Elite class of QB’s who played in the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s…….

    It was an entirely different brand of football. In the pre-2002 era WR’s were not treated like QB’s in training camp, players who you can’t touch or knock round. The was no 5 yard no contact rule… And all these WR’s you see catching dump-off passes 10 or 15 yards across the middle would regularly get decapitated by players with names like Ronnie Lott, Darren Woodson, Jack Tatum and Rod Woodson.

    I have no problem with you saying Russell Wilson is one of the best QB’s of THIS Era…. But leave guys like Dan Marino and even Peyton Mnning early in his career (98-2002) out of the conversation…. You place Dan Marino, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Dan Fouts or John Elway in this NFL with THESE coverage rules and the size and speed of THESE WR’s…….. They would rip through their own records like crap through a goose and who knows what sort of crazy numbers they would put up.

  63. jayhawk777 says:
    Jun 26, 2015 6:07 PM
    I don’t think the kids on here know that the Seahawks have been to the playoffs:

    In 9 out of 12 seasons.
    Have been to 3 SB’s in the past 10 yrs and have won 1 Lombardi (though 2005 vs Pitt is up for debate and 2014 was a brain f@rt by Pete)

    That isn’t suddenly relevant. How many NFL teams have been to 3 SB’s in the past 10 years?

    1, 2, 3 ?
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    How about the Patriots and the Steelers as 2 teams that have been to 3 Super Bowls in 10 years. Ask known as the 2 teams you’ve lost to. But maybe you forgot about that

  64. Take an average amount for QBs, which is what you deserve.

    Then, try to convince some veterans who are making more than the league minimum to take less money and give it to you.

    This is EXACTLY why the middle class is being squeezed out on rosters.

    Pure football, pure competitiveness is dying. Damn you, money.

  65. You forgot that Seattle apparently has a pretty good defense……………….as in “our bread and butter is not our quarterback but our defense”……………….

    As in………..he threw 4 INTs in the NFCCG but our defense kept us alive.
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    You forgot the part about him throwing the interception at the goal line to lose the Super Bowl this year as well. That’s what happens when you try to win the SB With an “elite” QB instead of handing the ball off.
    But I don’t want to burst your bubble. Wilson is good………..elite???

  66. As a huge Hawks fan, I have never been a huge RW fan. He is now showing his true colors. You can’t be a team player if you want all the teams money. You can’t go kiss sick kids for show, tweet bible verses when all you want is financial respect. I am sure if he really was that great holy person, he would realize that Nike would pay huge for an RW line. He is going to hit his peak in 3 years, after that he becomes an overpaid, missing a step, QB, that can’t adjust to a pocket passer. Send him off after a year of being tagged and send us Cam. He can transition. He will never be a Rodgers, Brady, or Manning. The team has enough talent that Tavaris Jackson could take them to the Super Bowl.

  67. The cost of the non-exclusive tag over the next 2 years is merely the starting point for negotiations. It comes to roughly $49 million for three years (with the $1.5 for 2015 included). Once that number is established, the usual haggling begins with the main points being how much is guaranteed and how much (new) money is in the first 3 years. All the rest is fluff and since nobody outside of the Seahawks FO and RW’s team really knows what’s going on, it’s merely fodder for stories that will end up being meaningless once a contract is signed.

  68. The reason Seattle has been so good is because they don’t have all their money tied into a franchise QB. Paying this guy all this money, they will lose so many solid players. He’s definitely not worth it. I’d let him walk and stack the squad. Another free agent QB will be willing to play for less on a great team.

  69. Don’t pay him for what he has done for the team. His contract needs to be based on what he will potentially do in the future. Based on past performance, improvement shown, durability, work ethic, etc….., I would pay him as a top 5 QB. I would also guarantee an unheard amount of the contract to keep the numbers down just a bit. Obviously, the owner has to agree to put that large amount into trust per NFL contract with union, but he can easily do that.

  70. I really like Wilson but it’s a shame he’s goin down this path. I’m not a pats fan by any means but I like how Brady takes less money to keep players around. If Wilson squeezes them for all they’re worth Seattle won’t be any good in a couple years.

  71. QUOTING thepftpoethasneverkissedagirl:

    “… as a lifelong hawks fan and huge RW fan i am really surprised that RW is going this route all his god talk and this is a blessing to be in this position B/S thought he wanted to win championships???? not going to happen if they cant afford to keep a great team around him..come on russ your gonna make plenty of money… how much do you need??? how much does your god need??? starting to think your full of it GO HAWKS…RIGHT”

    Dude … you NAILED this one on the proverbial HEAD you DID!!! I am/was one of his BIGGEST supporters but he’s now beginning to act VERY hypocritical, and quite frankly, I am VERY disappointed in him. Naturally, he is who he is, and I wonder how much (if any) Ciara is influencing him? HOPEFULLY he’ll come to his senses, but the way things are going … it’s NOT trending very well to say the least!

  72. deltaoracle says:
    Jun 26, 2015 3:49 PM
    I suppose Trent Dilfer should have become the league’s highest paid QB after the Ravens won the SB as well.

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    Don’t forget about Brad Johnson — apparently also worth being the league’s highest paid QB.

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