Russell Wilson's New Contract: Seahawks QB Says He Never Asked For More Money
Wilson is most likely getting a new contract in a couple of years. Just how much he will get is the bigger question. (Photo: Reuters)
Many would say that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson deserves a new contract after he defied expectations, especially as a third-round pick, in his rookie season in the NFL.
He completed over 64 percent of 393 pass attempts for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for another 489 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season. He led the Seahawks to the playoffs, and in two games, passed for 572 yards, including a rookie single-game record 385 yards in a 30-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Jan. 13, with three touchdowns and 127 yards and another touchdown on the ground.
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According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, via Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com, a representative of Wilson's called the Seahawks last week to insist that "something be done" to restructure Wilson's contract, which will pay the Rookie of the Year candidate $1,189,051 over the next two seasons.
But, Russell Wilson himself shot down that report when he spoke to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who tweeted:
Russell Wilson to me: "I speak for myself. I never demanded or asked for a restructured contract." More in my Tues column.
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) January 22, 2013
That's not surprising, given that Wilson doesn't seem to be the impatient, money-hungry type of player to ask for a raise after only a year in the league. However, that doesn't mean a raise isn't warranted. The only thing is that it would, at the earliest, have to come after the third year if his contract expires, according to the NFL's latest collective bargaining agreement.
Article 7, Section 3(k)(i) of the CBA states that "A Rookie Contract for a Drafted Rookie may not be renegotiated, amended or altered in any way until after the final regular season game of the player's third contract year." For Wilson, that means the new contract can't be negotiated until after the final game of the 2014 season.
Ironically, Wilson has a four-year contract worth $2.996 million, while backup Matt Flynn has a three-year, $19 million deal. It's most likely a good idea for Seattle to get rid of Flynn soon, not only if they want to commit more money to Wilson in two years, but also if they don't want the risk of Wilson being reminded that he is getting paid significantly less than Flynn.