Russell Wilson Has 19 Million Reasons to Smile for the Rest of 2021

Football fans can’t blame Russell Wilson for waking up every morning hoping that this is the day that he and the Seattle Seahawks escape Groundhog Day.

Wilson is the Bill Murray of 2021. Every season goes as such: Wilson shreds opposing defenses and puts up MVP-caliber numbers without receiving a single vote for the award. Then, the Seahawks’ season ends before even reaching the Super Bowl.

Instead of following exactly what the time loop demands, Wilson can use Feb. 12, 2021, as an opportunity to break tradition. Wilson just received major financial news that should make him very happy for the rest of 2021.

Russell Wilson had another excellent year in 2021

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The 2020 season proved to be more of the same for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

Wilson once again played all 16 games, completing 68.8% of his passes for 4,212 yards, 40 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. All of those numbers, as well as his 384 completions and 558 attempts, marked career-highs.

However, Seattle nonetheless lost at home in the NFC wild-card round. It didn’t help that Wilson only completed 40.74% of his passes against the Los Angeles Rams.

Wilson earned Pro Bowl honors for the seventh time in nine years, but that only means so much when the Seahawks keep losing before reaching the Super Bowl.

Wilson just received great financial news

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Despite the ongoing trade rumors and watching Tom Brady hold the Lombardi Trophy once again, Russell Wilson should be very happy now.

Wilson’s base salary for the 2021 season became fully guaranteed on Feb. 12, 2021. Being among the league’s top quarterbacks means that Wilson’s base salary is a whopping $19 million — and all of that money is headed Wilson’s way.

Wilson has three seasons left on the four-year, $140 million contract extension that he signed in April 2019. The star quarterback will be 35 when he tentatively hits the open market in March 2024.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner also received $5 million in guaranteed money on February 12. According to Spotrac, Wagner’s full base salary in 2021 is $13.1 million.

Will Russell Wilson play for the Seahawks in 2021?

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Russell Wilson will get his $19 million, but no one is quite sure what uniform he’ll be wearing in September.

Much like the Raiders’ Derek Carr and Houston’s Deshaun Watson, Wilson has been linked to trade rumors in recent weeks. Wilson has spoken out publicly about wanting more power in the Seahawks organization as he approaches his 10th NFL season.

Seattle has not shown any public interest in trading Wilson. Any team that takes Wilson will inherit the three seasons on his contract.

According to ESPN, Wilson has a no-trade clause in his contract. If the Seahawks trade Wilson before June 1, the move would add $39 million in dead-money charges against Seattle’s salary cap for the upcoming season.

Wilson is still playing at a very high level, and he’d almost certainly fetch a high price on the trade market. The Los Angeles Rams traded two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and incumbent quarterback Jared Goff to acquire Matthew Stafford from the Lions.

Wilson is over nine months younger than Stafford, who turned 33 on February 7. If the Lions repeated such benefits by trading Stafford, one has to wonder what the Seahawks would receive for parting ways with Wilson.

All contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.