No wonder Russell Wilson's agent said last week he has "no real deadline" in getting a new deal done with the Seahawks.
Time is definitely on the quarterback's $ide.
That became more apparent this morning with news Cam Newton is about to agree to this five-year contract with the Carolina Panthers:
As they say, you can do the math.
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That's north of $20 million per year for a dynamic passer and runner, albeit one who is 31-33-1 in his career with just three playoff starts. And that's after the four-year, $77 million with a potential $45 million guaranteed Miami gave another career sub-.500 QB Ryan Tannehill, whose never even made the playoffs, a couple weeks ago.
And that's $177-plus million combined to two quarterbacks that have yet to play in a Super Bowl. Wilson, of course, has become the first in NFL history to start in two Super Bowls over his first three NFL seasons, in which he is 42-14.
The point here isn't what is in the details of guaranteed money that will eventually emerge on Newton's agreement or how much Tannehill has tied into roster bonuses and other nuances. It's that the market isn't waiting for Seattle.
The Seahawks, chief negotiator/salary-cap executive Matt Thomas and general manager John Schneider have many reasons for not having already signed Wilson to a contract beyond his rookie one from 2012 that will pay him $1.5 million this year. The complicated issues of:
--How much guaranteed money
--The length of the new deal
--The combinations of potential signing and roster bonuses
--Figuring out just how much of their future salary caps they are willing to commit to the quarterback in a team rooted in defense and the running game.
But as they sort through all that, the market for QBs keeps getting more expensive.