Contracts talks between Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are misty, as it is unclear if a deal will be done before his personal deadline.
With four days to go till Wilson's deadline, which is before the start of the Seahawk's training camp, it looks like he might be playing out his rookie contract and discussing a new deal after next season has finished.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Super Bowl XLVIII champion was offered a $21 million a year contract by the Seahawks, with below $20 million guaranteed.
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This is an accurate contract offer according to Ian Rapoport. He's partly right considering only four players in the league have a deal with an annual pay larger than $20.5 million. These are Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan.
Mark Rodgers, Wilson's agent, is rumoured to want more for his player than just whats on the table. He wants big guaranteed money. $20 million won't cut it.
The guaranteed money is currently below the $31 million that Newton received and the $30 million Ryan acquired up front. Wilson's offer appears to be closer to Andy Dalton's contract with the Bengals of $18.1 million guaranteed in his $96 million, six-year deal.
Let's take a step back for just one moment, the Seahawks are offering a quarterback who has lead them to the Super Bowl twice and won it once the same amount of money as the Bengals did for a quarterback that hasn't won a playoff game.
Are you kidding me?
Wilson won the Seahawks their first Super Bowl in franchise history and they're basically throwing him pennies to keep hold of him. I'm sure they'll come up with a better offer sooner rather than later but right now it's darn disrespectful towards the two-time Pro Bowler.
He has had a much higher completion rate over his past three years in the NFL at 63.4 per cent, than Dalton has in his first four years as he measures at 61.6 per cent.
Wilson has also thrown considerably less interceptions since joining the league, 26 to the Bengals quarterback's 66. He also gains on average 0.9 more yards per passing play than Dalton.
Let's not forget how dynamic the Seahawks quarterback is on the field as well. Last season, he rushed for 849 yards and six touchdowns. This is more rushing yards than what Chris Ivory (821 yards) and Jonathan Stewart (809 yards) managed to achieve.
Yes, you've read that correctly. The two-time Pro Bowler is performing better rushing than some starting running backs in the NFL. Why on earth would you undermine a player with Wilson's assets with a deal with only $20 million guaranteed?
Spotrac has predicted Wilson will be given a five-year deal worth $109.7 million, $21.9 million average salary and $61.4 million guaranteed. This is a much fairer contract as he would be earning more money than Dalton, Ryan and Newton.
For now, it looks like Wilson won't be signing a new contract until February. If that's the case, the Seahawks better come up with a better offer by then. Otherwise, Wilson might start looking to do his business elsewhere.
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