When you look at teams in the NFL, there aren't that many that depend on their quarterback more than the Seahawks do on Russell Wilson. And among crucial quarterbacks, there are even fewer who have won a Super Bowl in the last six years.
If anyone deserves real QB money, it's Wilson. He's one of the only quarterbacks who is a true playmaker. He is one of the games great improvisers, escaping from pressure to make downfield plays. Wilson can also use his legs to get chunks of distance to pick up important yards when the play completely breaks down. He proved his worth by throwing for 35 touchdowns against only seven interceptions last season and finished with the third-best passer rating in the NFL.
Since when does anyone in the NFL care what happened six years ago? It's been a minute since Wilson won that one Super Bowl, and while he may have been a good quarterback, he doesn't deserve to be the highest paid quarterback over gunslingers like Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.
Wilson had a great year last season, but he was also sacked 51 times. The Seahawks just hamstrung themselves putting too much money into him instead of the offensive line that is supposed to protect him. There's now also less money to get players who will complement his playing style or get pieces on defense to build a complete team.
He may be a good player, but that much money given to one guy is risky at best.