Which is the bigger challenge, finding the franchise quarterback or paying him enough money to keep the quarterback happy? According to sources Russell Wilson has agreed to a monstrous extension with the Seattle Seahawks for 4 years and 140 million dollars with 107 million in total guarantees and a no-trade clause. While Wilson appears to be the winner of this contract how does this impact the rest of the Seattle Seahawks organization?
Wilson has the credentials by winning one Super Bowl and was one play away from winning another. A major issue is Wilson is the only key player from the Super Bowl winning team of 2014 known as the Legion of Boom which is no more. How can the Seahawks build a perennial contender with Wilson’s huge contract driving the cap? This will be a tougher task because the Los Angeles Rams have the coach in Sean McVay and talent around him to become the dominant team in the NFC East for the next decade.
One way to help build a team and quickly is by free agency and with Wilson’s age of 30 one has to wonder how long he can keep the Seahawks a contender. The major challenge is with Wilson’s contract the Seahawks have limited cap flexibility to acquire key talent and as talented a quarterback as Wilson is this does not guarantee Super Bowl wins in the ultimate team sport. Just ask Aaron Rodgers.
Having limited cap room, the most economically efficient way to build a Super Bowl winner is via the draft, Yet, the Seahawks need to have great drafts for the next two to three years to have the right talent around Wilson. Playmakers who can contribute similar to Marshawn Lynch and Kam Chancellor will not be acquired in the 2019 draft. Seattle will need to have great drafts in 2019,2020, and 2021 to allow for the Hawks to still be contenders and reclaim the top spot in the NFC West let alone the entire league.