Russell Wilson reportedly wants to be the NFLs highest paid player according to Jason Cole from Bleacher Report.
This is not a surprise. Every quarterback wants to be the highest paid player. It is almost a badge of honor.
But I would share some advice my father once gave me…
‘It’s good to want things…”
It is not a case that the Seattle Seahawks will not pay Russell Wilson.
It is not a case of Wilson not deserving a much more lucrative contract than the one he currently has.
It is simply a case of Wilson not deserving to be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. He is not in that class. Not yet.
While Wilson is a very good quarterback he is not among the best at the position. That title belongs to Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers. Wilson may not even be the best quarterback of his draft class. You can easily argue that Andrew Luck hold that honor. Wilson may be a top-10 quarterback but he has not cracked the top-5 yet, so why should he get that kind of money.
Anyone advocating that Wilson get the huge payday will surely point to the two Super Bowls that he has played in. That is fair.
I have two words for those people: Mark Sanchez
Nowadays Sanchez is almost a punchline but once he was the ‘Sanchise’. After leading(let’s try to remember football is a team sport) the New York Jets to a couple AFC Championship games Sanchez was signed to a lucrative contract. Shortly after it was clear he was overpaid.
Like Sanchez, Wilson came to an already built team. The Jets like the Seahawks had a great defense. The Jets offense relied on a strong running game much like the Seahawks. Sanchez was not so much asked to win games as to not lose them.
I like Wilson. Wilson is very good. Russell Wilson is no Mark Sanchez. The question is how good is Russell Wilson really.
Aaron Rodgers can carry his team, can Wilson. That will be the question. Right now Wilson is not in his class.
Right now Wilson does not deserve to be paid as the best quarterback in the NFL. That does not stop him from wanting it though.
It is awfully good to want things though…