Russell Wilson: “There’s a great potential” of getting the biggest contract ever

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is heading into the final year of his contract, and he thinks his next deal may be the biggest in NFL history.

Asked by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show if he anticipates getting the biggest contract ever, Wilson said he thinks it’s likely.

“There’s a great potential of that,” Wilson said. “It would be fun.”

Wilson views that possibility as the culmination of many years of work — but he added that he doesn’t even think he’s at the halfway point of his career.

“Being a kid, African-American kid, 5-foot-11, came from Richmond, Virginia, went to a private school, people said I wouldn’t make it in Division I-A,” Wilson said. “Getting to where I am now, Year 7 going into Year 8, I believe I have 10-15 years left.”

That means Wilson may have two or three more long-term contracts left. Plenty of time to get the biggest contract ever — and then get even more.

79 responses to “Russell Wilson: “There’s a great potential” of getting the biggest contract ever

  1. The biggest contract . . . until Mahomes signs his first non-rookie deal. However, great for Wilson. He’s had a great career and has earned every dime.

  2. I want to make more money!
    – Wilson

    I want to make money AND win Superbowls!
    – Brady

  3. Not from Seattle. Any team that would do that isn’t interested in winning. Jets, Bills, Dolphins, and Raiders fit that bill…

  4. “Being a kid, African-American kid, 5-foot-11, came from Richmond, Virginia, went to a private school, people said I wouldn’t make it in Division I-A …”

    He’s trying to combine things to look like an identity politics “victim” somehow, but they don’t go together. Great athletes who went to a private school did not overcome a thing today, regardless of their race. Russ, you are the 1%. Congrats.

  5. theright0pinion says:
    March 16, 2019 at 8:52 am
    Russell Wilson doesn’t deserve to get the biggest contract ever

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    What he said…

  6. Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers will end up with 2 total Lombardi’s. I don’t see either one winning another yet they will fight over the biggest contract.

  7. Look, I am for players getting paid, but when are More worried about getting 40 mil a year and taking up 25% of your teams salary cap as opposed to winning, we the fans are the loser. Hear that DeMarcus Lawrence? Take 20 mil a year and let’s get some people around you and win a SB. Stop acting like you are being disrespected by that offer. We haven’t won crap. You are disrespecting us! I hope the Cowboys trade you and get picks because our QB is a bus driver that needs players around him to win, if you take 1/4 of cap space, we can’t put a team around you or him. Good luck rushing the passer with 3 FA’s next to you, bc no one else with talent will be able to get paid. At least Wilson has a SB, still sucks for the fans though.

  8. He might not be the greatest at any one particular thing but there are at least 25 other teams that would rather have Wilson as their starting QB than who they have.

  9. source7769 says:
    March 16, 2019 at 9:20 am
    The next qb heading into free agency always gets the next biggest deal
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    Unless it’s Tom Brady

  10. jackedupboonie says:
    March 16, 2019 at 9:11 am
    Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers will end up with 2 total Lombardi’s. I don’t see either one winning another yet they will fight over the biggest contract.

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    It’s not what you get paid that matters when it comes to fielding a team. It’s the salary cap. Everyone wants to talk up Brady and saying he takes less money.

    Every time Brady had won a superbowl – he’s been the highest paid player on the field – for either team.

    They keep kicking his cap hit down the road till they can blame less than SB results on age and not financing the rest of the team.

  11. Howie Roseman better get Carson Wentz extended now, or the price is going to the moon.

  12. These contracts for Qb’s are WAY OUT OF CONTROL! Now even Barley above Average QBs are getting MAX contracts. If a Qb is going to take up 20 – 30 percent of your cap then you know something has to be done with either the cap OR the capping of The Position. Because then your Wr, DE, CB, OL (all above average player) take another 30 percent, then you are left with crap to spend on the other 48 players! It is going to get out of hand IF not already.

    30 MIL per for a QB, 20 MIL per for a DE 18 MIL per for WR STOP IT!

  13. So you define fun as having the largest salary EVER! Fun must equal greed. Tell me how much fun will it be when they can’t keep quality OL in front of you because of cap constraints(caused by you having SO MUCH fun?) Fun when drafted guys can’t be extended because your having too much fun! Fun when no FAs will come to your team ! You are a good QB , no doubt, but not once do you hint toward benefitting the team. More is fun, the most is even more fun, Greed is not fun!

  14. With the cap, there are limited dollars to be had. His comments make it seem he’s okay with his WRs and OL making the league minimum. Not smart.

  15. I look at the salary cap like a pizza. There’s one large pizza to feed the whole team, and everyone has to get a slice. When one guy wants one quarter of the whole thing for himself, that just leaves a thinner slice for everyone else. So he’s asking all his teammates, many who make less than $1 million, to take a pay cut so he can have more. That’s leadership? That public persona he puts out there is looking more like a fraud.

  16. Every time Brady has won a Super Bowl he’s been the highest paid player on the field on either team? I believe Aaron Donald makes more than Brady so there is that. Never let the truth stand in the way of a good story though.

  17. Why are people so opposed to players earning as much as they can? I want to limit the pay of my favorite team’s QB because I care more about the success of the team than the players. I want The Professor to get a huge, team crippling payday because the Hawks aren’t my favorite team. Nearer to least favorite actually. Pay the man!

  18. How much money do you need ? Seems like little Russel still has the short guy complex. He’s more like 5’9″ and trying to compensate with a huge contract. He needs to worry about his team, because the last time I looked, football is a team sport. He should have married a rich super model and then the Hawks wouldn’t be worried about fielding a team around him for peanuts.

  19. I would love to see Kyler Murray stand next to Russell Wilson. Kyler Murray is officially 5 ft. 10 inches tall, and if Wilson is shorter, than we know that his official height of 5 ft. 11 inches is bogus.

    As for him getting paid the biggest amount in NFL history, I hope the Sea Dorks is the team that does it. Penny-pinching Mode has only 4 draft picks this year and so far they have lost 2 starters (ET and Sleazy) and also CB Justin Coleman (not sure if he is the starter or not) but signed no big name replacements. If Wilson gets a huge payday, Penny-pinching Mode will need to be even more frugal with the rest of the roster. Petey may think that he can make journeymen play like all pros, but that is just wishful thinking. Seattle will be an also-ran for years to come, as long as their quarterback gets a lion’s share of the pie. Just look at how much Tom Brady is getting and you know why the Patriots have won 3 of the last 5 Super Bowls.

  20. The balance of power in the NFL is regulated by greed. The Seahawks had a couple of AMAZING drafts, coulda been a dynasty, and were taken down by greed. With Russell’s cash cow mentality, they won’t get any better. What ae you gonna do with the extra 5 million, I mean seriously? Stare at it on your computer screen and smile I guess.

  21. In is not just Russ but these giant QB contacts and now pass rusher contracts taking up so much cap space is killing teams.

    Seattle got to 2 Super Bowls with Wilson on his rookie contract. The last 2 years it was Brady taking under the average and two other rookie contract QBs. Wilson has earned to be paid top level money, I just wish he would see the value in a 20 million dollar salary and better team around him.

  22. Andrew Teal says:
    March 16, 2019 at 9:39 am

    It’s not what you get paid that matters when it comes to fielding a team. It’s the salary cap. Everyone wants to talk up Brady and saying he takes less money.

    Every time Brady had won a superbowl – he’s been the highest paid player on the field – for either team.
    ________________
    Your statement is OBJECTIVELY FALSE

  23. Wow, I had no idea he was so disadvantaged as a youth and overcame so many hardships to reach his stardom.

    Imagine the shame and severe handicap of having to attend a private school.
    In Richmond, VA.

    He deserves to have the richest contract for that alone.

  24. Any time a top tier qb has a new contract come up, it is almost always going to be the new “biggest ever.” Get real people. You can’t tell me Russell doesn’t deserve more than an overpaid overrated QB like Kirk Cousins. Look at what Nick Foles just got paid. Wilson is a top 3 qb in this league. He will get paid, he will win another Lombardi.

    Go HAWKS

  25. Hope he breaks the bank and then the next guy up for a contract does the same, then the next guy and so on until the ridiculous salary cap notion is obliterated and the free market is set free to govern drfaft contracts, FA contracts, ticket prices, tv contracts, owner’s profits, etc.

  26. I suspect his new contract will not only be for the most in totality, but significantly more in guaranteed money than ever seen. I also firmly believe that the Seahawks will try to get extension done this season and not let him get out into the free market.

    If he hits the free market nearly everyone will clambering for their front office to go and get him. His contract would end up being the highest, no doubt about it. So the question is; does the Seahawks’ Front Office want to keep their “franchise” leading QB in Seattle, locked up for years? I hope they do.

    Like Jerry Seinfeld said after experiencing flying first class: “I can’t go back, I won’t go back there.” We have experienced being competitive each and every year since his arrival. I can’t go back, I won’t! Get him extended.

  27. Every decent starting QB gets a huge contract. And the following year it gets “restructured”

  28. Even hinting at something like this shows you’re about the money. A true leader is going to take less of a contract to spread money around to players that can help you take it all. Can’t stand Brady on a personal level but you think he gives a hoot about being the fattest paid? Nope, instead he’s focused on being a legend.

  29. People here don’t understand NFL contracts. Most of the money is not guaranteed and you are an injury away from being realeased and that big huge contract means next to nothing.

    People also don’t understand the Cap. It’s projected to be $190M per team in 2019. Let’s say Russel sings an 8 contract at $35M a year with a lot of it being backloaded salary wise. In 5, 6, 8 years where do you think the salary cap will be? $220-240+ million per team?

    Top QB’s are worth it but there is a line you have to draw. I personally don’t think Wilson is Top 3 but he’s definitely Top 10.

  30. I understand wanting to get paid but cant be happy making 25 million and another 10 million in endorsements leave a little meat on the bone for your team.If he wants the huge contract that’s fine but dont complain when your getting slammed to the ground because your team cant afford a line.Dont complain you dont have receivers to throw too.Dont complain if you dont get another Lombardi.You want the money there will be a price to pay

  31. Without the best d behind him, this guy wont win anything. please pay him the big bucks, sea hags.

  32. Andrew Teal says:
    Every time Brady had won a superbowl – he’s been the highest paid player on the field – for either team.
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    Just two years ago, the Patriots played against the Falcons. Ryan’s salary for that year was 15.75M with 5.6M Signing bonus. Julio Jones also made 15.9M that year. Tom Brady made $764,705 with 14M signing bonus.

  33. Wilson has some good qualities on the field but he certainly can be a doucher at times.

  34. it’s the market. if the hawks didn’t pay him and he became a free agent, another team would give him a record deal. Wilson’s stats are excellent, and he passes the eye test too. he’s been the hawks QB now for seven years, and they’ve had a winning record in every one of them.

    pretty easy for fans on here to say he should take less money than his market value – doubt many of them would apply that same theory to their own careers. Especially when he’ll likely be done earning in this occupation by the time he’s 35.

  35. It’s a good thing Russell is mobile and shifty because he’ll need all his athleticism to evade linebackers, blitzing safeties, and D linemen because his offensive linemen are 3rd rate cast offs or 5th round rookies as that’s all Seattle could afford.

  36. Guess that’s what the league has come down to.. money and not the game. No wonder why it is getting easy to not care about it as much.

  37. Andrew Teal says:
    March 16, 2019 at 9:39 am
    jackedupboonie says:
    March 16, 2019 at 9:11 am
    Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers will end up with 2 total Lombardi’s. I don’t see either one winning another yet they will fight over the biggest contract.
    —————————
    It’s not what you get paid that matters when it comes to fielding a team. It’s the salary cap. Everyone wants to talk up Brady and saying he takes less money.
    Every time Brady had won a superbowl – he’s been the highest paid player on the field – for either team.
    They keep kicking his cap hit down the road till they can blame less than SB results on age and not financing the rest of the team.
    *******************************************************************
    *******************************************************************

    #1 — Brady was NOT the highest paid player in 4 of his 6 Super Bowl wins.

    In 2001, he was on his rookie deal and made ~$300k.
    In 2004, McNabb was higher paid than Brady (by about 50% at that)
    In 2016, Matt Ryan was higher paid, and Ryan has already been paid as much as Brady in their careers (~$205 mill each… in 11 years for Ryan, and 19 for Brady). Ryan also has cap numbers >$30 million for 2020-2023.

    In 2018, Aaron Donald was higher paid ($22.5 mill average salary, $41 mill paid in 2018)

    AND… Brady was also NOT the highest paid player in the 3 years he lost Super Bowls (Eli Manning x2 and Fletcher Cox were higher paid).

    #2 — Brady’s cap hit has not been “kicked down the road” to massage the cap.

    Brady’s cap hit has been >$15 million in only 3 years of his career, including the upcoming 2019 season. He is a UFA after 2019, so there is zero risk of future dead money at this time. And even with his final year having his largest cap hit ever, his $27 million cap hit in 2019 is #4 in the NFL (behind Stafford, Cousins, Luck).

    For comparison…

    Drew Brees has had cap hits >$15 million for 8 straight seasons, including 2020 when he is not even under contract. That is correct, he has 2 years that will automatically void after 2019, leaving over $15 million in dead money before they even consider giving him more money to stay another year. Career earnings of $242 million in 1 less year than Brady.

    Big Ben — 6 years of cap hits >$15 million (~$205 million career earnings, 4 less years than Brady)

    Eli Manning — 5 years of cap hits >$20 million (~$214 million career, 4 less years than Brady)

    Philip Rivers — 7 years of cap hits >$15 million. (~$201 million career, 4 less years than Brady)

    Matt Stafford — 7 years of cap hits >$15 mill (~$178 mill career, 9 less years). Has made more money than Brady in past 11 years since entering NFL in 2009.

    Aaron Rodgers — 6 years >$15 million cap hits. ($206 million career, 5 less years)

    Alex Smith — 6 years >$15 mill cap hits. $187 million career, 5 years less

    Joe Flacco — 4 years >$15 mill cap hits (and 2 more >$14.5 mill) — $148 mill career earnings in 8 less years.

    Cam Newton — 4 years >$15 mill cap hits — $105 mill career in 11 fewer years.

    Peyton Manning — 8 years of cap hits >$15 mill. $248 million career (2 fewer years)

    That is 11 players who have more seasons at higher cap numbers than Brady over the course of his career. Brady could have easily been been the top paid QB over the past decade, so he has certainly left a lot of money on the table

  38. So I was right all along! Private school, short. He is the Carlton Banks of the NFL after all!

  39. Any player that talks about and especially thoae that want the biggest contracts ever aren’t team players and I wouldn’t want any of them on my team PERIOD, I don’t care if their name is Mack, Rodgers, Wilson or whatever!

    Free-agency has lead us right to all this selfishness and greed on the players side that have now taken over the NFL and its ruining a once great game! The smarter teams are realizing how it handicaps their team and they are sending these overpaid players and want-a-be overpaid players down the road.

    With the players wanting more money than ever and the owners wanting to limit or at least slow down the rate at which the salary cap is rising the next CBA negotiations are going to be very interesting and there will be a very long work stoppage!

  40. Most Americans make a decision (or two) in their lifetime about money or the greater good.

    Should I stay single and make a ton of dough or make sacrifices for the family. Should I uproot the family to make more money. Should I make more money by working a ton of hours and lose family time. On and on…

    Yet there seems to be a perverse mentality in sports…that the player should grab all he can.

    Nope, that’s wrong unless the player is overly selfish.

    Taking a bit less for the betterment of the family (in this analogy, the team) is what most sensible Americans do today…it shouldn’t be any different in sports (just to keep it real…this applies to the top guys on the roster, not the bottom guys).

    This is why Brady has always gotten it and Wilson is about to screw the Hawks and their fans. But the 9ers, Cards and Rams are rooting for Russ.

  41. He didn’t look like he should be the richest QB in the playoff game against Dallas.

  42. He has a short memory. Remember when their offensive line was horrendous? Well if they are going to pay him $40M some other part of the team will have to suffer. Maybe they’ll replace his OL with undrafted-free agents and retreads. Then I’d like to hear from him about how his big contract means he has to run for his life on every play. He’d probably like that though because he could just run more and pad his stats. He’ll have plenty of time to look at those plays when he’s sitting at home for the playoffs. He has now shown where his priorities are–money, not winning.

  43. 10 or 15 more years left 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 He’s as delusional as his contract aspirations.

  44. cowboyup4 says:
    March 16, 2019 at 2:10 pm
    He didn’t look like he should be the richest QB in the playoff game against Dallas.
    …………………………………
    Can’t disagree with this. Seattle’s run run pass punt offense was pretty easy to defend.

  45. The biggest contract ever will hamstring the team. If you put too much $$$ on one player you won’t have enough left to field a balanced team.

  46. It’s not necessarily the person as much as it’s the position. The NFL has put an emphasis on player safety. Specifically the QB position.

    Top that with the most important position in football, the QB.

    Look at Kirk Cousins. Is he worth what he’s getting paid? No. Is Wilson better? Yes. So, should Wilson be paid more than Cousins? Yes.

    The problem is the value the NFL has put on the QB position. The higher the value, the more a team is willing to pay.

    Didn’t Case Keenum make about 20 million guaranteed over a two year deal with Denver? He lasted one year there.

    At some point the monies dished out to QBs has to subside. It’s getting ridiculous.

    Then again, look at recent MLB contracts. That’s stupid to.

  47. By record he means over $35 million a year. Russell Wilson in the pocket is worth about 50% of that. Will Seattle think 32-36 year old legs are worth the other half?

  48. Salary cap issues have overtaken the game. How about just eliminating it? Probably wouldn’t fly. However…

    Let’s at least get rid of the signing bonus versus salary nonsense and restructuring contracts for cap space. Call a salary a salary. Wouldn’t that be nice? And if a signing bonus, prorate evenly across the years of the contract.

    These games with money are ridiculous and out of control. Of course, this would eliminate ‘kicking the can down the road,’ a good thing, and force teams to be responsible. Maybe even structure the teams for long-term success instead of what we see now: let’s try to win now, and not care about the future.

  49. Which QB will Seattle take in the draft? Jones? Stidham? Grier? Finley? They are gonna pick one, it’s a lock. And in their run-first two tight end offense, whoever it is will look like a rookie sensation throwing the ball 20 times per game, the steal of the draft.

  50. If I’m Russ…..I don’t sign anything other than a franchise tag. Then eventually get to the open market. This offense in Seattle is pathetic for QB stats.

  51. It takes a “team” to win the Super Bowl not individuals. You can’t sign a “team” when an individual player takes a big chunk of the cap. Sign a team friendly contract or get traded. Miami is in need of a QB.

  52. Russ did NOT say getting the biggest payday would be fun. He said proving all his doubters wrong (again) would be fun. And that was only after Jimmy asked and re-asked how he felt about this possibility. Once again Russ was nothing short of a total class act in this interview. I can see why there’s so much irrational hate for him, it’s because they all want him on their team.

  53. Every time Brady had won a superbowl – he’s been the highest paid player on the field – for either team.
    —————————————
    No kidding? In February 2001 the second year 6th round pick was the highest paid player on the field? Go figure, huh?
    Either way, what’s the point? Brady WAS the 14th highest paid QB in the NFL last season. And that’s not really subject to debate.

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