Russell Wilson's Contract Should Quiet All 2021 Trade Rumors

Russell Wilson's contract ensures he's staying with the Seattle Seahawks.
Russell Wilson's contract ensures he's staying with the Seattle Seahawks. / Steph Chambers/Getty Images
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Russell Wilson is not getting traded this offseason. Sure, he's made some eyebrow-raising comments recently, but the Seattle Seahawks reportedly have zero interest in dealing the star – nor should they.

Unless this turns into a completely unsalvageable situation, as we've seen with Deshaun Watson and the tire fire of an organization that is the Houston Texans, Wilson's contract all but assures he's staying put this season.

Russell Wilson Contract

Wilson is playing out a 4-year, $140 million deal he signed in the 2019 offseason. He carries cap hits of $32 million next season, $37 million in 2022 and $39 million in the final year of his deal. Those are very reasonable numbers for a QB of Wilson's caliber.

But if the Seahawks traded him, the team would be looking at a dead cap hit of $39 million this season. Taking on the largest dead cap hit in NFL history to get rid of one of the five best QBs in the league? No thanks. Seattle is not going to be doing that.

Things don't get that much better next year either, as moving on from Wilson would leave the Seahawks with $26 million in dead money in 2022. That's not ideal, but we just saw the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams incur similar hits when they exchanged Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff.

As good as Stafford is, though, he's not Wilson. It's tough to envision a scenario where the Seahawks willingly pay that much money to lose a Super Bowl-caliber quarterback.

If things ever get truly out of hand, Wilson's dead cap hit is only $13 million in 2023. That's at least somewhat more palatable.

Just looking at his contract, it feels like Wilson is a lock to remain with the Seahawks for the next two seasons.


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