Some thoughts on Russell Wilson’s contract with Oakland’s Derek Carr signing a new deal re-setting the QB market on Thursday.
The monster contract signed by Derek Carr of the Oakland Raiders Thursday also moves Seattle’s Russell Wilson down another spot in the QB salary pecking order to seventh.
Carr signed what is reported to be a five-year deal worth $125 million with $70 million guaranteed and $40 million guaranteed at signing, a contract that also makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL
The contract comes less than two years after Wilson signed his deal with Seattle in July, 2015, a four-year extension worth $87.6 million overall with 31.7 million guaranteed at signing and $61.5 million in total guarantees.
Wilson’s deal was the second-largest in the NFL at the time in terms of per-year average at $21.9 million just behind the $22 million of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.
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Wilson is now seventh in per-year average with Carr and four others having signed deals since then. Carr’s contract also means there are now 14 QBs in the NFL making $20 million or more per year (the top 15 highest-paid players in the NFL are all QBs. The highest-paid non-QB is Denver end/linebacker Von Miller at $19.08 million per year).
Here’s a look at the QB salary chart (figures from OvertheCap.com). Of those ahead of Wilson, all but Rodgers have signed their contracts since Wilson. Of those next on the list, only Brady has signed since Wilson:
1, Derek Carr, Raiders, $25 million APY (average per year).
2, Andrew Luck, Colts, $24.594 million APY.
3, Drew Brees, Saints, $25.250 million APY.
4, Kirk Cousins, Washington, $23.94 million APY. (Cousins currently is playing on a one-year franchise tag for the 2017 season with the team attempting to work out a long-term deal with him).
5, Joe Flacco, Ravens, $22.133 million APY.
6, Rodgers, Packers, $22 million APY.