Russell Wilson has a huge contract. He rightfully complains he gets hit too much. If he re-worked his contract it would help players and the Seahawks. Hopefully. But Seattle has limited cap space heading into the 2021 offseason and few draft picks and if Wilson wants Seattle to be drastically better next year he should offer to re-work his massive contract.
First of all, I am no one to say the owners should make all the money and players make little. I believe the players in any sport should make what is due to them because they are the ones making money for the rich owners. But NFL players understand they have a hard cap and how many good-to-great players a team can sign is limited to salary cap space.
But Russell Wilson said he feels like he gets hit too much and he does. He also holds on to the ball too long but I digress. Seattle is going to be hamstrung by Wilson’s contract for years and years. Just as the team would be by Bobby Wagner’s contract in 2021.
But if Seattle is really going to entertain signing really good offensive linemen to replace Mike Iupati and Ethan Pocic, at least, then they need cap space. If Russell Wilson wants to get hit less then Seattle needs better offensive linemen and they need to be able to afford better O-linemen and they can’t do this without saving money elsewhere like re-working Wilson’s contract.
Russell Wilson restructuring his deal
This isn’t game-changing stuff I am giving you. Lots of players have restructured their current deals – Tom Brady with the Patriots anyone? – to help the team overall. Maybe Russell Wilson should do the same thing. Clearly, he understands if he is eating lots of cap space then the Seahawks are limited to what they can do.
To help the Seahawks be better next year and beyond, Russell Wilson needs to make the great sacrifice, restructure his current deal and have faith that John Schneider will make good decisions on which free agent offensive linemen to sign. If this all works out perfectly, Wilson will get hit less, Schneider will sign good players and the Seahawks will win a Super Bowl.