Russell Wilson Says He Will Play Hard 'No Matter If It's $25 Million Or If It's $1.5 Million'

Posted: Jul 1 2015, 12:46am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News


Russell Wilson Says He Will Play Hard 'No Matter If It's $25 Million Or If It's
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  • Russell Wilson told ESPN reporter Marty Smith on June 29 he will play hard regardless of how much he makes in the 2015 NFL season.

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson told ESPN reporter Marty Smith on June 29 he will play hard regardless of how much he makes in the 2015 NFL season.

Russell Wilson will play hard no matter how much he earns in the 2015 NFL season. 

It all started when ESPN reporter Marty Smith (via ESPN's Terry Blount) sat down with the Seattle Seahawks quarterback for an exclusive interview on June 29. Wilson is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract with the Seahawks and is due for a contract extension. 

Smith asked Wilson, "What do you deserve?"

Wilson replied, "I don't know. How much would you pay me, Marty?"

He then told ESPN it doesn't matter how much he will earn from here on out. Wilson said he will play hard regardless:

"Ultimately, it comes down to the play. I let my play speak for itself and let the rest take care of itself. I continue to love the game for what it is and continue to fight and continue to play no matter how much I'm getting paid, no matter if it's $25 million or if it's $1.5 million. I'll be ready to go."

Wilson signed his four-year, $2.99 million deal with Seattle in 2012. He will make $1.54 million in 2015, per Blount.

According to the ESPN update, Wilson is reportedly seeking a deal which will make him the NFL's highest-paid player. If everything plays out well, it would be to the tune of a five-year contract worth $110 million.  

Of that amount, Blount says $50 million would be fully guaranteed. 

So far, there has been no word on how Wilson's contract extension talks with the Seahawks has been going. With this, Smith asked Wilson about his relationship with the team:

"It's great. I don't think it's a bad relationship by any means. I had the opportunity to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history. Obviously, I want to stay in Seattle. I love Seattle. It's a great place, a place I arrived on May 10th, 2012. I'll never forget that day. 

"I trust the process of it all. I'm going to do everything I can to put the work in and let the rest speak for itself. When it's all done and my career's over, hopefully, 17 years from now, I can look back and, hopefully, it's a job well done. 

"That's all I can do and all I can ask for, to give it my all every day. It'll work out it I do that."

When Smith asked Wilson if he has anything to say to his critics who say he is not a franchise quarterback, the Seahawks play caller had a ready response:

"I don't know what numbers they're looking at. 

"There's only one that matters. It comes down to wins. Wins and being clutch. I believe every time I have the opportunity, I'm going to find a way to win. There's a few times I haven't. But there's a few times I have." 

In another development, Wilson's teammate, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, did something unique during his guest appearance on "Conan" on Monday. 

Tony Drovetto of the Seahawks' official website says a curtain opened and then revealed a large container filled with Skittles, Lynch's favorite candy which helps him relax and play well on game days. 

After Lynch took a football which talk show host Conan O'Brien handed him, he leaped in the air and dived backward into the container. Not to be outdone, Conan followed suit. 

Lynch sported a "Beast Mode" shirt and discussed his local plumbing ad, his "Beast Mode" nickname, his sentiments on retirement and his Super Bowl XLIX Media Day when all he blurted out was "I'm just here so I won't get fined" with O'Brien. 

O'Brien then asked Lynch if he was surprised Wilson didn't hand him the football during the waning moments of Seattle's 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Lynch replied in the affirmative, per

"Yeah, I was. But at the same time, I've been in this position before. I play a team sport. At the end of the day, I can't be mad at the situation. So I mean I'm good with it, though." 

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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.




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