Throughout his years in the NFL, Russell Wilson has constantly proved that he is one of the best quarterbacks that the league has ever seen. When he entered the draft nobody expected Wilson to become the quarterback that he is today. He led the Seahawks to the playoffs in his rookie season and then followed that with a season that saw the Seattle Seahawks winning their very first Super Bowl title. Each year he improves, which eventually led to him signing an $87.6 million contract extension which at the time made him the second highest-paid player in the NFL.
Russell Wilson Net Worth: $42 Million
Let’s breakdown how Russell got there.
Coming out of the University of Wisconsin, Wilson was selected by the Seattle Seahawks as the 75th pick overall in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The Seahawks faced some criticism over the pick, as they had recently signed Matt Flynn, the backup of the Green Bay Packers, to a three-year $20.5 million deal during that offseason with $9 million guaranteed. Wilson was drafted to compete with the other veteran quarterbacks on the team and beat them all out for the starting job, eventually leading the Seahawks to their very first Super Bowl victory. His rookie contract was reported to be a four-year deal worth $2.99 million, including a signing bonus of $619,400 and almost all $2.99 million guaranteed. It also contained various bonuses that were based on performance. During these seasons, Wilson was constantly improving, garnering Pro Bowl honors and leading his team to two Super Bowl appearances, winning one of them.
On July 31, 2015 Wilson signed a contract extension worth $87.6 million with $61.5 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $31 million. At the time this extension made Wilson the second highest paid player in the NFL and rightfully so, as Russell Wilson has helped turn the Seattle Seahawks into one of the most dominant football teams in the league.
Wilson will earn $12.3 million in salary for the 2016 season as well as an additional $10 million in endorsements. He has become one of the NFL’s most marketable players, securing endorsements from companies such as Microsoft and Nike. Talk about starting from the bottom and look at him now.