Russell Wilson joined ESPN's Marty Smith on Monday night in an interview for SportsCenter, and spoke about the Super Bowl loss, his offseason prep, his mindset, and of course, his ongoing contract negotiations. Most of Wilson's interview, which you can watch below, is standard Wilson fare, but one line from the two-minute plus segment had the internet afire.
"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."
That $1.5 million number is obviously a reference to Wilson's salary in 2015 on his rookie deal, so the question posed around the internet was whether that $25 million that he mentioned is what Wilson is asking for from the Seahawks. A quick "Russell Wilson" search on twitter reveals thousands upon thousands of shocked and dismayed fans nationwide shouting angrily that Wilson is not worth $25 million per year.
Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, took to Twitter to throw a little cold water on the molten hot lava takes.
I wish he had said $40 million. Then this would be really interesting. #patience #relax #no_deadline— Mark Rodgers (@johnmarkrodgers) June 30, 2015
It would appear, based on this tweet, that Wilson's $25 million figure was simply a hypothetical and arbitrary one (I guess), so once again we're back to square one: not really knowing what's going on with the negotiation.
Wilson reportedly wants to be the highest-paid NFL player, and according to several other reports, the guaranteed money language on the contract is the sticking point. Once again, because I'll say it in every single one of my Russell Wilson contract articles, it's only June, and there are no deadline for quite some time.