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Is Russell Wilson paid fairly?

First Bennett, now Wilson, soon Baldwin and Sherman

NFL: Seattle Seahawks-Minicamp
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Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

A couple days ago, we posed the same question about Seattle Seahawks teammate Michael Bennett. Results in that case were close to symmetrical, with a bent toward “underpaid.”

  • 17 percent chose “overpaid”
  • 59 percent went for “paid fairly”
  • 24 percent elected to call him a bargain at his current salary.

Today it’s Russell Wilson’s bird turn.

Wilson, as many of you know, is the second-highest-rated passer in league history. His 99.6 career rating places him behind only Aaron Rodgers (104.1) on the all-time list.

He’s a weapon with his legs and with his arm. However, those who would discount Wilson’s pocket presence would do well to remember he finished 2015 as the leading passer from within the pocket on both rating (118.6) and Y/A.

Wilson is also not near being the top-paid quarterback in the league just yet. He’s completed one year of his four-year, $87.6 million contract extension, which debuted after his third-round deal ran out at the end of the 2015 season.

His cap hit of $19.4 million is 13th highest in the league, between Eli Manning (19.7) and Drew Brees (19.0). That’s according to Spotrac.

His average annual value of $21.9 million is seventh, between Aaron Rodgers (22.0) and Ben Roethlisberger (21.85). That’s according to overthecap.

Other notable Wilson numbers:

  • 2689 career ruhing yards for a 5.6 average per carry. 103 rushes per season in healthy seasons (2016 omitted).
  • 8-4 playoff record
  • 21 game-winning drives and 17 fourth-quarter comebacks
  • Pass attempts have risen in each pro season: 252, 257, 285, 329, 353


Is Russell Wilson presently overpaid?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Yes, substantially
    (35 votes)
  • 6%
    Yes, but only a little
    (75 votes)
  • 48%
    His compensation is just
    (558 votes)
  • 28%
    No, he’s actually a tad underpaid
    (332 votes)
  • 12%
    No way, his contract is a team-friendly bargain.
    (148 votes)
1148 votes total Vote Now