What do we know about the last five Super Bowl winners salary-wise?
- None of them paid their starting QB more than 16.3% of the salaries attributed to their starting lineups.
- None of them paid their RBs more than 8.8% of total starting salaries.
- All of them used between 12.6% and 33% of starting salaries on WRs or TEs.
- All of them used between 12.1 and 22.8% on the five offensive line starters
- All of them used between 18.2 and 41% on the defensive front seven.
- None of them used more than 20.7% on the defensive secondary starters.
- None of them spent more than 5.9% of their starting salary budget on Kickers and Punters.
Message to all starting QBs in the NFL and most notably the Seahawks and Russell Wilson. If you want to have the best chance of winning Super Bowl rings and living a legacy don’t take too big a bite of the salary pie.
If you are happy to take the money and accept that the more you go over the 16.3% mark you reduce your franchise’s chances of success, then good luck and hope you are as special as you will need to be in order to justify this. But if I were you I would take my lead from the GOAT and not do so.
Of the seven criteria above, the Seahawks fall outside the accepted range in only one category. They are paying Russell Wilson too greater a percentage of the overall salaries. So my conclusion is to pay your QB less and you will be able to strengthen in the other areas you need to and maximize the Seahawks shot at another Super Bowl.
What do you want: Russell, the money or the titles? To have both you may well need to be the new GOAT. I am not saying it cannot be done, but I am saying the chances are reduced the more you pay your QB.