The NFL world blew up on Wednesday when the San Francisco 49ers signed quarterback Colin Kaepernick to a six-year, $126-million extension, setting a ridiculous precedent for many of the young, up-and-coming gunslingers around the league.
With the way Kaepernick got paid, it begs the question of what type of deal will come to Russell Wilson when the Seattle Seahawks finally get around to extending their Super Bowl winning quarterback. If John Clayton’s information is any indication, it’ll be a bigger deal than Kaepernick received.
With C. Kaepernick getting $126 million over six, Russell Wilson will probably get about $22 million a year next season.
— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) June 4, 2014
It may seem crazy considering that type of money would make Wilson one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL, but it would certainly be warranted. The former third-round pick is coming off a blowout Super Bowl win that saw him put up over 200 passing yards and two touchdowns despite the offense spending most of the game in cruise control.
In only two years, Wilson has emerged as the face of the Seahawks franchise, and continues to improve as a passer. While some might question his ability to be a top-flight quarterback on a weekly basis, his poise, athleticism and football IQ make him one of the brightest rising stars the NFL has seen in some time. The Seahawks have quickly rallied around their young signal-caller, and it has paid off in bigger ways than the team ever could have hoped for.
Eventually, the Seahawks will be forced to fork out the big bucks for Wilson, who only has two years remaining on his rookie deal. When that time comes, don’t be surprised to see him to sign an extension worth more than Kaepernick got from the 49ers.
I mean, why wouldn’t it be worth more? Wilson is the better quarterback.