The Cincinnati Bengals and quarterback Andy Dalton agreed on a six-year, $115 million contract Monday morning, according to multiple media outlets, and it could help set a precedent for what Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson might receive when the Seahawks look to rework his deal.
As of currently, Russell Wilson isn’t even the highest paid quarterback on his own team, trailing both Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor.
In Dalton’s case, he signed his lucrative deal despite an 0-3 playoff record. But he has at least got the Bengals there each of the past three seasons. He is 30-18 overall in those three years and last season passed for 4,293 yards, 33 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.
Meanwhile, Wilson passed for 3,357 yards, 26 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, while adding a far more dangerous running game (third most rushing yards among QBs last season with 539). Wilson is 28-9, including 4-1 in the playoffs, in his two years and owns a Super Bowl ring.
Dalton’s deal comes after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick got a six-year, $126 million contract extension back in June.
The problem for the Seahawks will be working out a deal that pays Wilson what he’s worth while juggling other signings. We already witnessed complications with Marshawn Lynch and his deal that isn’t guaranteed past this season. If the Seahawks are forced to up their price on Wilson, it could make keeping Lynch and his contract past this season more difficult.
It’s likely Wilson is looking at a deal similar to Dalton’s and Kaepernick’s, if not more lucrative considering his credentials compared to theirs.
How they rework Wilson’s deal while managing other contracts will certainly be something to look out for. But it’s not improbable that they can keep both Wilson and Lynch considering the way the Seahawks worked out deals with cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas while also re-signing defensive lineman Michael Bennett this offseason.