Brinson: Wilson Wanted More Than Rodgers

Russell Wilson's contract demands were pretty straightforward

Reiter Than You
April 17, 2019 - 8:30 am

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Move over, Aaron Rodgers. Russell Wilson is now the highest-paid player in the NFL, this after agreeing to a four-year, $140-million extension with the Seahawks.

“I think it’s a good deal for both sides,” CBS Sports NFL writer Will Brinson said on Reiter Than You. “The Seahawks were never going to not pay Russell Wilson more than Aaron Rodgers. That’s what he’s wanted the whole time. He was never going to take less than Aaron Rodgers. He wanted to be the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history, the highest-paid player in NFL history.”

Now he is.

“I think everybody wins,” Brinson said. “The Seahawks have a franchise quarterback, they’re going to have him until he’s 35, they took apart the Legion of Boom and rebuilt around Russell, and now they’re locked into that – and Russell is locked into the Seahawks. He’s where he wants to be, he got the money he wants to get, and he can turn and focus his energy on 2019.”

Wilson, 30, threw for 3,448 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season, leading the Seahawks to a Wild Card berth. He has won a Super Bowl and played in another, albeit on a much more affordable salary.

Will the Seahawks be able to put enough pieces around Wilson to contend?

“I think the Seahawks should be OK in terms of roster-building,” Brinson said, “but John Schneider is going to have to do a heck of a job in terms of finding young defensive talent and young offensive talent to put around Russell in order to make this work and to continue to challenge for Super Bowls. But I think they can do it. I think Seattle has to be a little bit smarter, a little bit craftier with how they do it, but they should be fine in terms of building out that roster.”

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