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QB Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks

5-11, 204Born: 11-29-1988College: WisconsinDrafted: Round 3

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General News (Tue Jan 27): has a base salary of $662,434 this season, which is 25th among starting NFL quarterbacks. However, he will negotiate a contract extension this offseason that will make him one of the highest paid players in the league. A multi-year deal for Wilson is expected to be above $20 million per year with more than $50 million guaranteed. He is already the first player in NFL history to reach two Super Bowls in his first three seasons.

Week 21: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Russell Wilson survived one of the worst passing performances of NFL playoff history during the NFC Conference Championship - he was awful for the first 57 minutes of regulation (ending the day with 14/29 for 209 yards passing, one TD and four interceptions thrown, with five sacks taken for -25 yards, nine other hits taken and a fumble - he posted 7/25/1 rushing), but managed to make two clutch throws after his teammates got Seattle into a miraculous OT period, finding Doug Baldwin for a 35-yard first down reception and then Jermaine Kearse for the game-winning 35-yard TD before the Packers could touch the football during the extra period. It was easily Wilson's worst game of the entire season and post-season (and probably his worst game as a passer during his NFL career). Basically, there is nowhere to go but up for Wilson in the Super Bowl. Usually, Wilson is very reliable and steady from week to week - we think the Conference Championship melt-down was an aberration and not the beginning of a trend for Seattle's signal caller. Doug Baldwin was reliable for Wilson two weeks ago (nine targets for 6/106/0 receiving), but Jermaine Kearse (six for 1/35/1) and Luke Willson (five for 2/11/0) struggled to accomplish much against the Packers - Wilson's tough day at the office contributed to the difficulties endured by Kearse and Willson. The Patriots finished regular season ranked 17th vs. opposing passers, averaging 239.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 24 passing scores surrendered vs. 16 interceptions (tied for 12th in the NFL) and 40 sacks (ted for 13th) generated over 16 games. This is a so-so bunch of defenders on their best weeks. Joe Flacco wasn't sacked at all during the Divisional Round of the playoffs, with 28/45 for 292 yards passing, four TDs and two interceptions thrown at Foxboro. Andrew Luck fared much worse there during the Conference Championship, with 12/33 for 126 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (Luck wasn't sacked at all during the game, either). The Patriots enter the Super Bowl off a strong showing in this phase of the game. On balance, this looks like a neutral matchup, with neither side holding a big edge over the other.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
17 vs STL 17 25 239 0 1 6 7 0 0
19 vs CAR 15 22 268 3 0 7 22 0 0
20 vs GB 14 29 209 1 4 7 25 1 0
21 at NE 12 21 247 2 1 3 39 0 0
21 at NE PROJ-Dodds 20 31 * * * 7 * * *
21 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 20 32 * * * 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 19 vs CAR (15 / 22 / 268 / 3 / 0 pass, 7 / 22 / 0 rush)

Wilson was in control of this one from start to finish. His passing arm and vision really shone as he threw three very impressive touchdowns, and spread the ball out well to six receivers. His biggest highlight was a perfectly thrown deep pass to Jermaine Kearse, that was caught one-handed and taken for a 63-yard score. No less impressive were a perfectly lobbed - yes, lobbed! - ball to Doug Baldwin, who had faked out his defender at the goal line to get open. And finally, his bullet to Luke Willson from the 25 was the beginning of the end for the Panthers. He hit Willson quickly and perfectly in stride, which allowed him to take the ball all the way to the end zone. Wilson didn't run much in this game, but that's because he didn't have to.

2014 Week 20 vs GB (14 / 29 / 209 / 1 / 4 pass, 7 / 25 / 1 rush)

What to say about Russell Wilson that you haven't read or seen already? Wilson's game is patience. He had thrown 4 interceptions, and even got rocked by a defender as he tracked a ballcarrier on one of them, while trailing the Packers for the entire game. But he never faltered, never panicked. And when it seemed almost too late, the pieces that we know so well when this offense clicks, came together. It's not secret. When the running game is going strong, and Wilson is throwing accurately, that's when he is able to take off and gain yards of his own on the ground. And when THAT happens, all of a sudden the rushing and passing games become even stronger than before. And so it goes. That's the recipe, but it wasn't working for nearly the entire game against a surprisingly tough Packers defense. It was finally inside the two minute mark of the final quarter that he made the perfect fake handoff, and then ran in for a 9 yard score. After a successful onside kick, Wilson then moved the team in to setup Lynch's long rushing TD. And the capper was a desperation cross field throw for the two point conversion, caught by Luke Willson. In overtime, Wilson put the interceptions behind him - in fact, he put behind him the fact that all four were passes intended for Jermaine Kearse, and he threw one more his way. This time, it dropped in perfectly to his arms for the 35 yard score... and a trip to the Super Bowl.

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Latest News

Seahawks | Russell Wilson could play out deal (Mon Mar 23, 04:34 PM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson could play out the 2015 season in the final year of his rookie deal without a contract extension. Wilson and the Seahawks have had no real progress on a long-term contract extension. Wilson is highly unlikely to accept a short-term deal.

Our View: Wilson is preparing and budgeting as if he'll be on a bargain deal in 2015. It could take another year for both parties to agree on a long-term extension, and Wilson knows a franchise tag in 2016 would likely be for over $20 million.
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Seahawks | No talks between SEA, Russell Wilson (Sun Mar 22, 10:57 AM) - Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson has not had contract extension talks with the Seattle Seahawks at this point, according to a source.

Our View: The extension talks will happen soon enough. Expect Wilson to sign an extension that makes him among the richest quarterbacks in the league.
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Seahawks | Russell Wilson nearing extension (Sat Mar 21, 12:49 AM) - The Seattle Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson might be on the verge of agreeing to a big and unique contract extension. 'From what I've been told they've very close, they're just trying to make sure every single thing is in place before they go forward with this,' beat writer Terry Blount said Friday, March 20. 'I think it's going to be bigger and crazier and different from what any contract has ever been.'

Our View: Wilson has been playing for peanuts over the last few years because he was a third-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. We'll see him sign an extension that makes him one of the richest quarterbacks in the league.
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