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A different spin on sports by The Seattle Times staff and readers.

May 7, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Which high-paid Seattle sports star is worth his 2015 salary?

Richard Sherman of the Seahawks just became the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL, after agreeing to a four-year, 57.4 million contract extension that guarantees him $40 million.

Which brings up a question: Which well-paid Seattle sports star is the best value in 2015? That’s our Take 2 poll for today.

We’ve pulled out five highly paid Seattle pro athletes to consider, with their approximate 2015 salary.

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas recently signed a four-year, $40 million deal, making him the NFL’s highest-paid safety.  That includes $27.725 million guaranteed.  In 2015, he has a 5.5 million guaranteed base salary, with a $7.4 million salary-cap figure.

The Mariners’ Robinson Cano arrived in Seattle after signing a $240 million deal for 10 years, and will be paid $24 million in 2015. Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez, who in 2013 signed a 10-year, $175 million extension, also will make $24 million in 2015.

And don’t forget Sounders star Clint Dempsey, who is Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player at  $6.7 million this season. He makes more than all his other Sounders FC teammates combined.

There’s a lot to consider. Age, production and team success are just three factors. It’s also fair to evaluate the relative salaries for each sport and for others at the same position. For the record, here are their current ages: Thomas 25, Sherman 26, Hernandez 28, Dempsey 31, Cano 31.

Make your choice, then go ahead and make your case on comments to the Take 2 blog.

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