There is no doubting the fact that Russell Wilson is a superstar in the National Football League. Wilson has been one of football’s best quarterbacks ever since being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2012. Now he wants Seattle to pay him like one of those top tier QB’s.
Entering the final year of his contract, Wilson has given the Seahawks an April 15 deadline to discuss and finalize a new deal with him and his agent (according to Adam Schefter of ESPN). Wilson will command top dollar for his services with five Pro Bowl’s and a Super Bowl victory under his belt.
It has to be figured Wilson is asking for a contract similar to Matt Ryan’s deal with the Atlanta Falcons (Ryan makes $30 million annually), so Seattle will have to decide on what to do.
It is a more difficult decision than most would think. Seattle has changed it’s offensive identity from one that was based on Wilson’s ability. Now the Seahawks have a heavy focus on the run game led by Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. They ranked second in the league last year in rushing attempts per game at 33.4. The only team ahead of them was the Baltimore Ravens who essentially used their QB, Lamar Jackson, as a running back when he took over for Joe Flacco.
So what do the Seahawks do? Wilson is a great player and icon in the Seattle area. Wilson is a proven commodity in the league. He has shown the ability to be clutch and win in the postseason. In my opinion, I would pay Wilson and surround him with a better group of weapons instead of leaning on the running game. Still, Seattle has a decision to make on their franchise quarterback.
-Jarrod Ribaudo (@Jribs53)