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On April 16, Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson signed a massive 4-year, $140 million contract extension that keeps him in Seattle as the highest paid player in the NFL by average annual salary.
While Wilson's second-highest passer rating in NFL history at 100.3 proves he's one of the best quarterbacks in the league, judging by last year's playoff picture, locking up your franchise quarterback doesn't exactly lead to fruitful team success.
In fact, Wilson's extension now puts him in danger of joining last year's list of the six highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL that all failed to make the postseason in 2018.
Here is a juicy stat: The six highest-paid quarterbacks in terms of the average annual value of their contract in 2018 all missed the playoffs: Rodgers ($33.5M), Ryan ($30M), Cousins ($28M), Garoppolo ($27.5M), Stafford ($27M), Carr ($25M). HT @CourtneyRCronin— Prof BCO (@profbco) December 31, 2018
Those six quarterbacks from last season were Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan, Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, Matt Stafford and David Carr.
Seahawks 2019-2020 win total: 8.5— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) April 16, 2019
Seahawks Super Bowl odds: 29-1 https://t.co/6pcCKrf2YZ
While you clearly want to keep your Super Bowl champion quarterback in your locker room, the Seahawks run the possibility of losing the financial freedom to put the proper pieces around Wilson, which seems to be the same fate the other six teams faced in some capacity.
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