Russell Wilson is now Seahawks' third-highest paid QB

Russell Wilson is now Seahawks' third-highest paid QB

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East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium.

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by CHRIS CHASE / USA TODAY Sports 'For the Win'

KREM.com

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 23 at 2:57 AM

As a result of Monday’s trade for Terrelle Pryor, the Seattle Seahawks now have two quarterbacks on their roster who will make more money in 2014 than Super Bowl winner and starter Russell Wilson. Both Pryor and Tarvaris Jackson will earn more for the upcoming season than the man who led Seattle to its first NFL championship. This is like if Casey Affleck and Scott Caan made more money from those Ocean’s 11 movies than George Clooney.

The salary breakdown for 2014 is as follows. Interestingly, this could end up being the depth chart in reverse (though the Jackson/Pryor battle hasn’t even started).

1. Tarvaris Jackson $1,250,000

2. Terrelle Pryor $705,000

3. Russell Wilson $662,434

Why is the QB who does the most going to make the least?

It’s not any stinginess by the Seahawks. Under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, the four-year contracts signed by draft picks can’t be renegotiated until after a player’s third season. Wilson is entering his third season in the league. His payday is coming next offseason.

Jackson re-signed to be the Seahawks’ backup in March at a fair market value. His salary for 2014 (which could also include bonuses for playing time) is fully guaranteed. Pryor is in the final year of his four-year rookie contract that he signed after being taken by the Oakland Raiders in the third-round of the 2011 supplemental draft.

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