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Well Deserved for one of the most underrated QBs in the NFL.

I'll put him right up there with Rogers, Brady, Brees, Luck
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me too.

he's a samurai at making chicken salad. i've said it too many times to count.
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getdownmmmkay wrote:me too.

he's a samurai at making chicken salad. i've said it too many times to count.

Have you considered his height though?
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you can’t let a guy like this go. You don’t just replace that.
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votingmachine wrote:Wow. I would have traded him at that price. Or had him play 2019 on his contract at $25 million. Tagged him in 2020 for $30 million. Tagged him again in 2021 for $36 million. That is 3 years at $91 million. And the CBA expires at that point so he is a FA (3rd tag would be $51 million), but unless the CBA is signed, he isn't going anywhere.

Try each off-season to get a deal, but not $35 million per year. That is too much of the salary cap. It leaves too little for the rest of the team.


This is an extension so he’ll be getting $31.4m on average over 5 years. How is 3 years /$91m better? It’s the same, you just have him longer. And without the year to year drama of tagging.

I missed that it was an extension ... my bad. I thought the tore up the existing contract for next year and wrote a new 4 year deal.

But it is still $33 million.
2019 $25.3 million
2020-2023 $140 million
$165 million / 5 years = $33 million per year.
https://www.spotrac.com/nfl/seattle-seahawks/russell-wilson-9885/

The main advantage of signing him now is to get him at today's salary because tomorrow's will be higher. I think they jumped so high that they lost that reason to sign him today. My thinking was that they could pay him $25 million for 2019, then $30 million for 2020, and then tag him for $36 million in 2021, while trying to sign him for 4 years at $35 million THEN.

JMO. I think it was a bit high for a QB. But it does depend on how the salary cap expands. If it is 18.6% of the existing $188M salary cap. That is the highest I have seen. Wilson gets a $10 million raise in 2020. If the salary cap moves up, then the Seahawks can manage the hit.
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$25.3m is his cap hit

His salary is $17m for this year so that’s where your numbers differ

He’s 30 now so he’s locked up through his age 35 season. I rather be committed to that than deal with the year to year tag drama then feel forced to pay him $40m/yr for four more seasons of post 33 year old Russell Wilson. You won’t be getting him at $35m per three years from now. So paying him $31.4m per for the next five makes the most sense to me.
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rugger48 wrote:you can’t let a guy like this go. You don’t just replace that.

Well who knows. The replacement is an unknown. And GM's fear the unknown.

If you don't extend him, you still have two years of Wilson. And QB's to choose from each year. They might have found a Patrick Mahomes to sit behind Wilson for a year. Or they might have found a Johnny Manziel.

A lot depends on the Seahawks short term prospects. I would argue those are not great. The Rams are better than them right now. And they have only 4 draft picks in the 2019 draft (21, 84, 124, 159). I was not impressed with last years team even though they did sneak into a wildcard.

It would have been a gamble on an unknown replacement. If it works, you can reload easier. If it doesn't, then everybody gets fired.

We will see. They now have a known, high-quality QB, and a depleted roster around that QB. If it takes 4 years to reload the roster then they wasted a lot of money on 4 years of Wilson.
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endzoneview wrote:$25.3m is his cap hit

His salary is $17m for this year so that’s where your numbers differ

He’s 30 now so he’s locked up through his age 35 season. I rather be committed to that than deal with the year to year tag drama then feel forced to pay him $40m/yr for four more seasons of post 33 year old Russell Wilson. You won’t be getting him at $35m per three years from now. So paying him $31.4m per for the next five makes the most sense to me.

Salary is irrelevant. Cap hit is the important number. Wilson got a $31 million signing bonus in 2015. That counts. He just received a $65 million signing bonus. That money counts also. It gets pro-rated. It is not $65 million on the salary cap, even though it is money upfront.

The new contract is $65 million signing bonus and $75 million arranged as salary across 4 years. I would not describe it as $18.75 million salary per year though. It is net payment of $35 million per year. I say use the net compensation (salary cap number). You are ignoring money otherwise.
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That signing bonus on that old deal is paid and gone.

But if you want to look at it that way, go for it. Nobody else does.
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OarChambo wrote:
votingmachine wrote:Wow. I would have traded him at that price. Or had him play 2019 on his contract at $25 million. Tagged him in 2020 for $30 million. Tagged him again in 2021 for $36 million. That is 3 years at $91 million. And the CBA expires at that point so he is a FA (3rd tag would be $51 million), but unless the CBA is signed, he isn't going anywhere.

Try each off-season to get a deal, but not $35 million per year. That is too much of the salary cap. It leaves too little for the rest of the team.

That sorta instability is inviting an implosion from within. This is the price of poker once you're in this deep. And why more young, cost controlled players are so important before getting to this point.


Agree wholeheartedly with above. Well said gents. This is what..18% of their total cap on one guy? They are going to be hamstrung to gather needed elements for a SB run. Id bet heavily against ANY SB appearance in his remaining tenure.
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and dak prescotts contract just got a little more expensive
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I like Russ, who doesn't, but that's too much.
It could be a long 4 years.
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mstrbass2000 wrote:and dak prescotts contract just got a little more expensive


I doubt it
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Cadence calls wrote:I like Russ, who doesn't, but that's too much.
It could be a long 4 years.


For all the other teams in the NFC West, yes