Russell Wilson’s huge $US87 million contract extension almost didn’t happen this summer as the two sides worked right up to the training camp deadline before reaching a deal. But now that Wilson has a deal in place, he can finally buy his own place to live.
Wilson was a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Thursday morning and was asked what he treated himself to after signing the new deal. According to Wilson, the only thing he has bought is “new treats” for his two great danes, but added that he thinks his agent will finally let him buy a new house.
“I’ll probably end up buying a house now,” Wilson told Dan Patrick. “My agent, Mark [Rodgers], would never let me get a house until I signed a deal. So that will be the first thing I get … I was in the renting process. Now I think I can finally buy a home.”
Even Wilson’s tone made it sound like he is still not 100% certain and that he may need to check with Rodgers.
As a third-round draft pick, Wilson has been one of the most underpaid players in the NFL over the last three years, but it is also not like he hasn’t made any money. In three seasons he has made $US2.2 million in salary and would have made another $US1.5 million this season without the new deal. But if Wilson really wanted something high-end, it was probably smart to wait until he had the guaranteed money, $US60 million of it, including a $US30 million signing bonus.
One of the reasons attributed to the protracted negotiations was Wilsons’ unusual decision to use a baseball agent in Rodgers, somebody Wilson has worked with since his days as a minor league baseball player. It sounds like more players should give it a shot.
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