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Does Russell Wilson want $25m a year from the Seattle Seahawks

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There are a fair few players in the National Football League who aren't too happy with their current contract situation, and firmly plan on doing something about it.

Dez Bryant is sitting out of all Cowboys activity after being franchise tagged, while players like Eric Weddle of the Chargers and the Seahawks' Michael Bennett have publicly lamented the fact that they aren't being offered new deals and also refused to turn up for OTA's.

Bennett's team - the Seattle Seahawks - have a much bigger problem to worry about, however. That is the situation of Russell Wilson and his contract negotiations, which could become very costly.

Astronomical Number

The quarterback may have just revealed how much he wants Seattle to pay him, and it is astronomical.

Wilson was speaking in an interview with Marty Smith of ESPN, where - after weeks of refusing to talk about the negotiations and specific numbers - he finally floated a figure, $25 million a year. 

"Based on the current market for the quarterback and based on your resume," Smith asked Wilson. "What do you deserve?”

Wilson opted to be coy. “I don’t know, how much would you pay me, Marty?” Wilson said with a laugh. “I mean, you have a Super Bowl and you took ’em to another Super Bowl,” Smith replied, before Wilson made something of a more significant comment.

25 Million

“I think ultimately it comes down to the play,” Wilson said. “Just let my play speak for itself, and let the rest take care of itself. Continue to love the game for what it is, continue to fight, continue to play.

"No matter how much I’m getting paid, whether it’s $25 million or $1.5 million. I’ll be ready to go.”

The second number that the QB quoted is what Wilson is due to make this year. The first number could very well be what he is aiming to get from Seattle, which would make him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, and by some distance too.

Wilson's agent had his own say on the interview, jokingly wishing his client would have said $40million.


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