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Russell Wilson signs 4 year extension....



  • Adam Schefter
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    Russell Wilson and the Seahawks reached agreement on a 4-year, $140 million in new money extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus, per source.

    Ian Rapoport
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    Full details for the #Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson: 4 new years, $140M. $65M to sign. Total guarantee: $107M. A no-trade clause. ... Now, Wilson is under contract for 5 years and $157M. And staying in Seattle.šŸ’°šŸ’°šŸ’°

    We got our QB! #GoHawks!!



  • Some people are going to use just the 4-years to talk about the money but really it's always about the life of the contract because that's how we factor the salary cap.

    By the season start, it won't be the highest paid contract. By signing first it'll be come a great deal by week 1 because this is the new bar that everyone will say to their Agent - "I want that!"

    I wasn't worried because history has shown that teams don't let their franchise QBs walk. They may get traded (Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, etc.) but the last "franchise" QB to explore Free Agency were the old Peyton Manning and injury recovering Drew Brees.



  • It's a lot of money but I don't think it really handcuffs us or keeps us from doing the things we need to do. Bobby, Frank & Jarran are next up to get paid, but outside of them pretty much anybody else who most of us would consider important to retain are under contract through 2021 or 2022. And the salary cap is likely to be upward of $250M at that point, which will make Russell's contract look downright friendly.

    Outside of those three guys named, who else are we going to pay big money to this year or next? We've got pieces at most positions. I think we're poised to do the best we can to keep our current core together, we can win with Russell right now. Our LBs are solid, probably a top 5 group in the League. Our D Line is young and gaining experience. We've got some intriguing up and coming pass rushers in Green & Martin who I think will only benefit from playing with Frank. Our secondary is our biggest question mark on D. I think that Shaq & Tre are a pretty high ceiling, up and coming tandem that are probably good enough. Safety is the obvious glaring deficiency.

    Offensively, our line appeared to improve significantly last year and I think it's fair to conjecture that they will continue to trend upward. We've got a good young stable of RBs in Carson & Penny. Our WR corps is unlikely to change much, depending largely on the health of Doug Baldwin, but we've shown that we're typically able to get along well enough with a bunch of underdogs at the position. If Dissly comes back healthy I think he is a weapon and Ed Dickson is at the very least capable.

    And obviously we're pretty set long term on special teams thanks to the re-addition of Myers

    If the alternative to this is to try to get a bunch of draft picks in exchange for Russell and Frank, hope to hit on a QB in the draft, and then spend a bunch of money on high profile free agents (which I admit, could be a lot of fun in a EA Sports sort of way), I'll take Russell and the squad we have right now.