KiwiHawk wrote:And when he wants the team to pay him, is he happy with the 9th highest salary? 8th? 7th? Even 2nd?
No, he wants to be the highest-paid, and at the time we sign him we make him the highest-paid. Not the 9th, or 8th, or 7th.
Wilson set the expectations with his salary demands. With that much capital tied up in one player, our hands are tied in free agency, and even extending players. So he has to do a lot himself, because that's the bed he made.
He needs to stop whining about getting hit more and work on how he can get the ball out faster, and he needs to stop whining about being traded and start playing like we pay him.
Somehow he expects us to turn the entire OL around in 2 years while hefting his massive salary and retaining the other offensive talent. Maybe he's good at being a QB, but he sucks at understanding the salary cap.
The team could have restructured his contract (again) to help in signing other players but decided not to. Seems odd, doesnt it. This notion that Wilsons contract has the team hogtied is old and tiresome and not true.
Is this something you heard some talking head say so you automatically think it's a magic bullet answer to all of our cap problems?
Have you worked out the numbers and seen what a restructuring actually does to the next two years?
Extending Wilson could potentially reduce his impact on our cap this year by $15 mil by converting that to a signing bonus and spreading it over the next two years.
However, his CURRENT numbers for those seasons are $37 and $39 million so restructuring would push them $5 million higher *each season*. It's not like the money just vanishes - you might restructure now but what about the future? And because most of that money is in bonuses, the Seahawks would be effectively prohibited from trading him because of all the dead money it would cause.
The Seahawks could work out an *extension* with Wilson, but he'd want another highest-paid QB deal, which gets back to the question of why he demands #1 pay for less-than-#1 statistics.
On the other hand if we keep his salary where it is this year, that gives us $10 million less dead money to eat if we do a trade next year.
As much as we all like Wilson, a trade will probably happen because his salary is increasingly hard for the team to bear, and because teams will throw large amounts of attractive draft picks at us to secure his services. This year is a "deep QB draft" but next year probably not so much, so his value on the trade block increases if anything.