Russell Wilson becomes the highest paid QB in the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have agreed to contract extension. Wilson will be paid $140 million in the next 4 years. He will receive a guaranteed $107 Million in that span with a signing bonus of $65 million.
Russell Wilson surpasses Aaron Rodgers for highest paid QB. Rodgers makes an average of $33.5 million per year. Wilson’s new contract is an average of $35 million per year. In a league that rarely reward success with finances, redeems itself a bit. In the top 5 paid QBs in the NFL, two of which have won Super Bowls. Jimmy Garoppolo is the 5th highest paid QB in the NFL sitting at $27.5 million a year without having completed a full season. He was offered this contract after finishing the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers. He was traded to the 49ers for a 2nd round pick from the New England Patriots. Garoppolo filled in for Tom Brady while he was suspended and created a lot of buzz around the league.
Kirk Cousins comes to 4th highest paid with an average of $ 27 million per year. Cousins is the exception here. He tested free agency and signed a contract with the Vikings. Cousins is famous for a video of him yelling “you like that!!!” at a group of reporters after a win. Kirk Cousins isnt considered one of the Elite QBs in the NFL but is paid as such. He only threw for 30+ TDs once and it was 30 TDs in 2018 in his first season with the Vikings.
Players the most control over their contract negotiations now more than ever. Players can hold out in fear of being franchise tagged… Leveon Bell in most recent memory. Russell Wilson asked for a trade if a deal isn’t established before season starts. There is no “right way” to do it. NFL Players are much smarter now than 20 years ago. Bell was set to be Franchise tagged by the Steelers. Instead of allowing it to happen, he decided to not play. If Bell accepted the tag, he wouldve been paid the average of the top paid running-backs in the league. He knew his worth and decided to forego the season and force their hand. Bell signed with the Jets this offseason for 4yrs at $52.5 million.
The NFL is still a QB driven league as it will be for years to come. No more are Widereceivers and Runningbaks or Left Tackles, the highest paid players. 9 of 10 of the highest players in the NFL are Quarterbacks. Khalil Mack beig the 10th highest at $23.5 million.
Who’s the next highest paid?? Names like Mahomes, Goff, Elliott come to mind.