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Wait...Ryan Tannehill, $45 million guaranteed? A good day for Russell Wilson's side of contract talks

That clicking noise you might be able to hear could be the meter running up on the Seahawks' negotiations with quarterback Russell Wilson on a contract extension.

Monday, a member of Wilson's 2012 QB draft class got his new deal: Ryan Tannehill agreed with Miami on a $77-million, four-year contract. That's on top of the $18.3 million and two years he still had left on his rookie deal as a first-round pick three years ago.

The more pertinent -- and stunning -- detail: the reported $45 million in guarantees Tannehill will be getting from the Dolphins.

Even if some of that ends up being in future roster bonuses or whatever, that's $45 million guaranteed for a quarterback who has a sub-.500 career record -- and has yet to win a postseason game.

Remember, far more than in Major League Baseball or the NBA, guaranteed money is king in the NFL. A league contracts with a majority of it guaranteed is rare. Fully guaranteed deals for players beyond rookies are rarer still.

What might this current market (updated Monday) dictate updated Monday as far as guaranteed money for Wilson, who is 42-14 with two Super Bowl appearances and one NFL championship in his three seasons coinciding with Tannehill's career start? It would seem at least approaching if not exceeding the $54 million Aaron Rodgers got guaranteed at signing. That was the highest guaranteed cash at signing in the league before Tannehill's deal today, according to overthecap.com:

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Some note Colin Kapernick got $61 million from San Francisco. But here's why that's not exactly what it appears.

Again, for emphasis: Wilson has come from 16 points down more often to win more conference title games than Tannehill has won playoff games.

Think that might become a factor in the Seahawks' talk with Wilson and agent Mark Rodgers as spring becomes summer, before training camp begins at the end of July?

As for the slow pace of Wilson's talks with the team, we've talked about that all weekend. And it's still interesting to many, apparently; that story remained the most-read one on thenewstribune.com three days later, as of Monday evening.

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