Seahawks Fans "Apprehensive" About Wilson's Deal

Seattle fans are happy to have Russell Wilson, but what about the rest of the roster?

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
April 17, 2019 - 9:01 am

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After signing a four-year, $140-million extension, Russell Wilson is now the highest-paid player in the NFL, and Seahawks fans have mixed feelings about that.

First, the good:

“I think there’s a big sigh of relief from people,” KOMO Seattle Sports Director Mike Ferreri said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “We definitely didn’t want to have this drag on. I was surprised with the deadline. Usually the Seahawks aren’t going to allow a player to dictate when deals get done, but I think they both knew they wanted Russell to stay, so they went ahead and did it.”

But on the flip side:

“I think a lot of people are a little apprehensive about the deal in regards to how much he’s getting paid,” Ferreri said. “If they have it with the cap room and they can do it, that’s fine. But it’s definitely going to impact other players at other positions, that’s for sure.”

Indeed, the Seahawks were at their best when Wilson was still on his rookie deal and the team could load up at other positions. Wilson, though, is coming off one of his best seasons, throwing for 3,448 yards, 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Having the top-ranked rushing offense in the league certainly helped.

“They didn’t have (a running game) since Marshawn Lynch left,” Ferreri said. “When you have that threat of running the football, it’s going to free the quarterback up to do some different and special things, which he can do. When Russell Wilson was the running game, when Russell Wilson is also the passing game, that was your entire offense – and that didn’t do much for you. They had the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL, and that’s going to lead to definitely some great numbers from your quarterback.”

Ferreri expects the Seahawks to have an elite rushing offense yet again in 2019, but it might not be as potent. 

“I know they have Chris Carson coming back and they have Rashaad Penny and they have some decent runners,” he said. “But the guy they’re going to miss is going to be playing for the Bears in Mike Davis. That guy was a bruiser. He kind of loosened things up on the inside. He kind of knocked linebackers silly and made guys think about running really hard up the hole after Russell Wilson. That’s what he had. His success over the next five years is going to depend on (whether) he has a potent running game.”

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