Russell Wilson really has the opportunity to be the GOAT with the Seattle Seahawks. At the 11th hour, the Seahawks and Wilson reached the deal to make their franchise quarterback on Monday night/ Tuesday morning.
Wilson demanded a new contract extension by an April 15th deadline. By all accounts, the potential deal seemed to be dead. In fact, rumors about Wilson joining the Giants in the future ramped up even more during the afternoon. However, the Seahawks weren’t ready to let go of their most prolific offensive weapon.
The Seahawks earned a Wild Card playoff spot during the 2018 season with a (10-6) record. They finished second in the NFC West behind the Los Angeles Rams. They lost to the Dallas Cowboys to end their season. However, Wilson had a prolific season. After a (3-3) start, the Seahawks won 7 of 10 games down the stretch in their playoff quest.
Wilson was a huge part of the reason. Some will say he was the only reason why the Seahawks finished with a winning record. Yet, that simply isn’t true. He played in all 16 games last season. In fact, Wilson has never missed a game in his entire career. Wilson threw a career high 35 touchdown passes. He also tied a career low seven interceptions, while completing 65.6 percent of his pass attempts.
Wilson has thrown at least 34 touchdown passes in 3 of the last 4 seasons. However, the Seahawks have had their three worst seasons since Wilson became the starting quarterback in those years. Don’t worry- Wilson hasn’t produced a losing season yet. Still, the production doesn’t always match the winning.
Wilson accounted for 34 touchdown passes in 2015. The Seahawks finished with a (10-6) record. He threw 34 touchdowns in 2017 and the Seahawks finished (9-7). As it was stated, the records aren’t bad, but they haven’t been elite.
During Wilson’s first three years, he never threw more than 26 touchdown passes in a season. During his rookie season (2012), the Seahawks finished with 11 wins. They won 13 games in 2013. The Seahawks won 12 games in 2014 when Wilson threw 20 touchdown passes. In other words, the more prolific passing game has not resulted in Super Bowl runs. Some people may say a pass is the reason why the Seahawks don’t have two Super Bowl rings now.
Now that Wilson is the highest paid quarterback, the Seahawks must really try to take care of him. He has been sacked 299 times in 7 seasons. That’s an average of 42.7 sacks per year. Furthermore, Wilson was sacked a career high 51 times last season.
Wilson also has 3,651 rushing yards during his career. He has scored 16 rushing touchdowns in 7 years. However, there’s a trend going on with Wilson that needs to be rectified. His rushing attempts declined to 67 last season. He averaged 96 rushing attempts during his first six years in the NFL. Moreover, Wilson has taken more big hits while running less. He must learn how to get the ball out on time in the passing game. Otherwise, these hits will start to take a noticeable toll. Keep in mind, he is 30 years old, so it should be more difficult for Wilson to escape the pass rush in the coming years.
For now, the Seahawks and Wilson can celebrate the new contract. Clearly, the pressure will be on the organization to get back to their Super Bowl level.