There has been a lot of speculation swirling around the future of former NC State quarterback Russell Wilson’s contract at Seattle. Will he stay in Seattle? Will he get Cam Newton-like money, in the range of $103.5 million over 5 years? Or will he seek for more?
Jason Cole of Bleacher Report started a Twitter tornado on Thursday night when he reported that Wilson wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL.
Currently the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers holds the title of the highest paid player in the NFL, worth $110 million over 10 years. According to Cole’s report, Wilson has turned down an offer equivalent to Rodgers.
NBC’s Mike Garafolo confirmed Jason Cole’s report as being factual yesterday afternoon.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 26, 2015
The salary cap has increased by $20 million, which opens the door for much larger contracts. Wilson’s agent apparently is seeking a “relevant structure” to his contract, according to Cole’s report.
Will Brinson of CBSSports explains what this “relevant structure” means.
Mark Rodgers told Cole “he wanted to create a contract that created a relevant structure for Wilson going forward.” Put another way, if Wilson isn’t paid like a top-five quarterback now, he won’t be paid like a top-10 quarterback in a year, when Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers and Eli Manning all sign new deals, to say nothing of a new contract for Aaron Rodgers. (Via CBS)
Russell Wilson 5th Fastest to 200 Touchdown Passes
Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson threw his 200th career touchdown pass today, becoming the 5th fastest player to do so, bumping Tom Brady out of the Top-5.
Wilson, who is 5’11”, is only the 2nd player in NFL history under 6’0″ to throw for 200 touchdowns.
Russell Wilson is 2 TD passes shy of 200 for his NFL career.
In reaching that mark, Wilson will become the 2nd player listed under 6'0" in NFL history to throw 200 TD passes, following Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen who is listed at 5'11" and threw 255 passing TD in his career. pic.twitter.com/qM7RVm0adA
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 15, 2019
Wilson finished today 29/35 for 300 yards with 3 touchdowns (QB Rating – 131.0).
Raiders Sign Former NC State DB Juston Burris
Former NC State cornerback Juston Burris has been signed by the Oakland Raiders after Safety Johnathan Abram was moved to the IR.
We have signed DB Juston Burris.
— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) September 13, 2019
Burris was drafted by the Jets in the 4th Round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and played his first two seasons in New York. After the first 4 games of the 2018 season, the Jets cut Burris (he played in all 4 games), and was picked up by the Browns. Burris only played 4 games at Defensive Back for Cleveland after being picked up.
He saw a lot of action in New York his first two seasons, and was even the projected started heading into his second season.
Burris joins to other former NC State players in Oakland, with punter AJ Cole and quarterback Mike Glennon already wearing the Silver and Black.
While at NC State, Burris had 121 tackles, 3 interceptions and 18 pass deflections.
NC State now has 23 former players on active NFL rosters.
Chargers Sign CB Dontae Johnson
Former NC State Cornerback Dontae Johnson was signed by the Los Angeles Chargers yesterday.
Johnson reunited with the 49ers this offseason, the team that drafted him in the 4th round back in 2014. Johnson played his first 4 seasons in San Francisco, even starting all 16 games in 2017. He signed a free agent deal with the Seahawks before last season and was expected to start, but was put on the IR right away, and released briefly after. After that, Johnson signed with the Bills and Cardinals during the season, but never saw the field. This offseason, he signed with the Chiefs and was released, and eventually signed with the Niners in May, but was released, even though he had 3 interceptions during the preseason.
With the addition of Johnson, there are three former Wolfpack football players on the Chargers, joining Quarterback Philip Rivers and Defensive Tackle Justin Jones.
Johnson was scooped up because LA had to put CB Trevor Williams on the IR with a quad injury.
NC State now has 22 former players on active NFL rosters.
T.Y. McGill Signed by the Redskins
Former NC State Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill was signed by the Redskins yesterday after being cut by the Chargers prior to the start of the season.
McGill wasn’t drafted in 2015, but was signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. He was cut by Seattle before the season began, and scooped up by Indianapolis, where he played 15 games over two seasons.
In 2017, McGill played 3 games for the Browns, and last year played 2 games for the Eagles, and 4 games for the Chargers.
McGill had 120 tackles and 10 sacks while at NC State.
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