ESPN – The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday morning.
I heard this today and just laughed. Honestly just laughed. Making Russell Wilson the highest paid quarterback in NFL history is maybe the dumbest decision a professional sports franchise has ever made? Why? Because he is not the best quarterback of all time, or even of HIS time.
Over the last four years, the Seahawks have never had a record higher than 10-6, have lost in the divisional round of the playoffs once, and FAILED TO MAKE THEM once. I know, I know, this isn’t all on the quarterback, but it sort of kind of is right? A good QB is supposed to be able to position any team to win. Look at some of the garbage D’s Brady has carried. Rodgers and Brees have consistently succeeded without a slew of All-Pros on the other side of the ball from them. And it isn’t like the Seahawks didn’t try and give Wilson the weapons as well. He and Jimmy Graham couldn’t have connected playing fuckin catch in the backyard, let alone in a pro football game.
The bottom line is that other than honey moon period with Pete Carroll in 13′ and 14′ Wilson has not proven himself to be able to get it done when it matters. He actually finished outside the Top-10 in Total QBR this year. I HATE modern stats because I think they tell crooked stories, but QBR is one I rely on to say whether or a guy actually executes vs padding his stats with a couple deep balls.
So congrats to the Seahawks and their 12th Man squad. You just gave NBA money to a guy who doesn’t really get it done. But hey on the bright side pro athletes tend to play better after they are given outrageous deals.