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Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass in Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Wilson signed a four-year $87.6 million contract extension, with a $31 million signing bonus and $60 million guaranteed.  Yes, Wilson has led Seattle to two Super Bowl games, winning one and losing the other on a last minute interception he threw, but are his numbers that great, or has he played with a team with a remarkable defense.

It is a little bit of both.  Consider this, Wilson stands at only 5’11” and 206 lbs., which is one reason he had his doubters coming out of college, while Wilson’s regular season career consists of 48 games.  Over these 48 games, Wilson has thrown, ran and caught.

Wilson has a career 63.4 completion percentage in the regular season.  This completion percentage goes with 9,950 passing yards, with 72 passing touchdowns and 26 interceptions.  He has rushed for 1,877 yards on 308 attempts, which is an average of 6.1 yards per carry, with 11 rushing touchdowns, while even catching one pass for 17 yards over his career in the regular season.

Does this justify the contract?  Wilson almost hinted it did when he stated

“For me, I just want to be paid based on what I’m worth, what I’ve produced, whatever that means. For me, I just let the play speak for itself.”

We shall see if he is able to let his play speak for itself, as he is locked up with Seattle through the 2019 season, when he will only be 31 years old.

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