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February 15, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Is Russell Wilson worth whatever the Seahawks plan to pay him?

Heck yes, writes Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer today, noting that having a highly-paid quarterback is part of doing business as a Super Bowl contender and that it’s a lot better than starting over.

Brewer also explores the idea that now having to pay Wilson a big salary — maybe $20 million more or so per year than they have been — will torpedo the Seahawks and make it difficult to keep the rest of the team together.

As Brewer notes, the Seahawks have already taken significant steps to keep the defense together, and should still have enough cap room to do things with the rest of the team. It may not be as easy as it’s been. But then, few teams in the history of the salary cap era of football may ever have been in as fortunate of a position as the 2013 Seahawks, who basically didn’t have to lose anybody they didn’t want to and were able to make some big-money acquisitions along the way.

The Seahawks will have to make some tougher choices as they go. But doing what it takes to keep Wilson won’t be one of them.

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