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Luck, Wilson on track to earn $24-25M per year

Impact of Large Contracts On Teammates


By SAM SPIELGELMAN
XN Sports

Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson might be jealous of Colin Kaepernick's new contract right now, but come next year around this time, they'll be the talk of the league.

According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Luck's and Wilson's next contract could be worth between $24 and $25 million per year.

Word around NFL is that when Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson get new deals next year, they will come in between $24-$25 million per year.

- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 5, 2014

Kaepernick's contract extension is worth $126 million over six years, with $61 million in guaranteed money. But loopholes in the deal actually make it a year-to-year deal, giving the San Francisco 49ers the opportunity to cut the quarterback before April 1 of each year without having to owe him any more money.

Still, Kaepernick's $21 million per year salary makes him not only the highest-paid quarterback for the 2014 season, but the highest-paid player overall.

Kaepernick, Joe Flacco and Drew Brees all earn between $20 million and $21 million annually, so the next wave of quarterbacks - the Lucks and Wilsons of the world - will naturally see a rise in their paychecks when they're due.

In fact, USA TODAY Sports projected because Wilson has a Super Bowl victory in his back pocket, he could be in line for the biggest payday – perhaps earning the most guaranteed money in NFL contract history.

Assuming that Wilson doesn't completely fall apart in 2014, it's hard not to see him dwarfing those numbers with his own deal by this time next summer. In two seasons he's already won one Super Bowl, holds a better overall quarterback rating and arguably has done more with less offensive weapons in Seattle.

The Seahawks defense may get all of the flash but if Wilson can enter contract talks with two NFC titles (or even two Super Bowl rings) in three years, their franchise quarterback will be able to ask for the most guaranteed money in NFL contract history. And he'll get it.

In addition, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III and Andy Dalton also fit that category. Newton and Dalton each have 48 career starters, while Dalton has led the Cincinnati Bengals to three consecutive playoff appearances.

Sam Spiegelman is a native New Yorker covering sports in New Orleans. He likes Game of Thrones way too much. Tweet him @samspiegs.

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BILL SCOTT June 05 2014 at 4:00 PM

I don't know one athlete that is worth that much money.

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crazy ray BILL SCOTT June 06 2014 at 4:55 PM

Or rap singer, or talk-show host, or actor. But obviously, somebody thinks they're worth it. Doen load andy music, see any movies, watch any television or sports lately. If you have, don't be a hypocrite and say they're not worth it. It's your money that's paying them.

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elkhartbiker June 05 2014 at 8:19 PM

They're all a bunch of over-paid, pampered, spoiled morons. When will Americans stop supporting this kind of nonsense?

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Mike elkhartbiker June 06 2014 at 9:34 AM

When it stops being entertaining.

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gstev75035 June 05 2014 at 4:06 PM

Good luck on Kaperjerk. The bi-cep kisser is overrated. They should have stuck with Alex Smith instead of shafting him. The 49ers coach is an idiot though.

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floatgod gstev75035 June 05 2014 at 8:54 PM

To gstev's ignorant post:
Harbaugh's record for three years at SF is 36 - 11.
The previous three years SF went 21 - 27
I think I will stick with Harbaugh and you should stick to reading comic books.

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crazy ray gstev75035 June 06 2014 at 4:56 PM

Yeah, the 49ers got the evil twin.

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whtlyt June 05 2014 at 6:06 PM

W.T.F. Is wrong with this country..!!!

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emoore2927 June 05 2014 at 6:46 PM

Good. Now we can watch Kaepernick throw more interceptions and incompletions in the final minutes to lose even more Superbowls or playoff games.

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oneracehorse June 06 2014 at 5:02 AM

This is ridiculous......our priorities are in wrong someplace.......no one is worth this.....

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evansd141 oneracehorse June 06 2014 at 9:16 AM

and the Clippers are sure not worth 2 billion.

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madddddddddddddd June 06 2014 at 5:52 AM

this is all silly,,,,,,,,it will spell the end of fans that follow the nfl.............

cancer doctors / researchers.. etc might be worth this kinda $$$$$$$$$$$

but not footballers................GOD HELP US.............................

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arnold.smith2027 June 05 2014 at 6:01 PM

Doctors, Surgeons and other hi tech professionals do not make that kind of money. If I ever become seriously injured I will be sure to go a see some over priced athlete; who do you think the jock will be reaching to when they get hurt or permanently injured?

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Mike arnold.smith2027 June 06 2014 at 9:38 AM

Nobody pays $200+ to watch a surgeon work, that's why. Last time I checked their isnt a nationally televised program 20 million people tune into to watch a doctor perform. A doctor isnt going to fill the seats of a stadium that houses 70,000 screaming lunatic fans. There's no fantasy league for hospitals. Nobody screaming yes! A successful open heart surgery, +10 points! Oh no, a patient died...Good thing this league doesnt subtract for errors!!!!

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rozner43 June 06 2014 at 9:52 AM

These athletes are a bunch of overpaid crybabies. Exactly what do they contribute to society besides entertainment ? And guess who pays the price. I also blame the public, they are stupid for paying the high ticket prices and buying NFL jerseys. Come on people get real, why do you idolize these jerks?

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Jo June 06 2014 at 7:15 AM

Sad that they are paid so much money for throwing a ball when Coast Guards, fire fighters, etc. make so little while risking their lives.

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