Russell Wilson's Monster Payday Won't Come Until 2015 and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterJanuary 23, 2013

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs out on the field to warm up before the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field.  Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The past couple of days have been a game of he said, she said for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. ESPN's Christ Mortensen reported on Sunday that a representative from Wilson's camp called the Seahawks, "insisting that something had to be done to adjust the bargain rookie contract for the third-round quarterback."

Yet Wilson insisted he had nothing to do with the call. He even went as far as telling Sports Illustrated's Peter King: "I speak for myself. I never demanded or asked for a restructured contract."

If he said he had nothing to do with the call, it's probably in your best interest to believe him over Mortensen.

I'm not saying Mortensen is wrong, but he might have gotten bad info from his source. Under the new CBA, it wouldn't even be permissible to restructure Wilson's deal. The young quarterback out of Wisconsin is due $526,217 in 2013 and $662,434 in 2014.

2015 is the first year in which his salary would be up for negotiation. He's set to make $798,651 that season, so it wouldn't surprise me to see a reworked contract before the start of the 2015 campaign. The days of monster rookie contracts are over, and young players know that.

The sole purpose of the agents of these players is to inform them about their signing bonus, base salaries and so on. Time is indeed money and in due time Wilson will have plenty of money if he continuously builds off one of the most impressive rookie seasons to date.



Tyler Nickel of Revenge of the Birds reports on Jason Licht receiving a promotion under newly appointed general manager Steve Keim.

Jason Henry of Bleacher Report tells us why Aeneas Williams won't make the Hall of Fame in 2013.

San Francisco

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle examines David Akers and his current kicking struggles.

Dylan DeSimone of Bleacher Report says Colin Kaepernick is quickly becoming the face of the franchise.


Keith Myers of the 12th Man Rising gives us his quick thoughts on the staff changes in Seattle.

Aaron Nagler and Matt Miller of Bleacher Report analyze the Seattle Seahawks draft needs for 2013.

St. Louis

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch talks about Eric Fisher and his rise up the Rams' draft board.

Dan Gruchala of Bleacher Report breaks down six studs who could help the Rams get to the top of the NFC West.


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