Russell Wilson promises his best effort in the upcoming NFL season -- even if he and the Seattle Seahawks fail to agree on a contract extension. In a recent interview, Wilson also mentioned $25 million as a possible asking price.
"Ultimately, it comes down to the play. I let my play speak for itself and let the rest take care of itself. I continue to love the game for what it is and continue to fight and continue to play -- no matter how much I'm getting paid, no matter if it's $25 million or if it's $1.5 million. I'll be ready to go,” Wilson told ESPN.com.
No exact or specific figures have been officially reported with regard to the 25-year-old quarterback’s demand, but it’s most likely in the range of the other top quarterbacks’ salaries. Top-paid quarterbacks include Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) at $22 million; Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) at $21.85 million; Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) at $20.76 million; Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) at $20.75 million; and Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) at $20.1 million.
Wilson, who has helped the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances the last two seasons, was picked in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft and is still in his rookie deal that will pay him just about $1.5 million in the 2015 season if he and the Seahawks can't agree on a new deal.