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Russell Wilson contract details emerge, time to compare with Colin Kaepernick

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The Seattle Seahawks locked up Russell Wilson with a four-year contract. Details are leaking, so it is time for a comparison with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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The Seattle Seahawks came to terms on a sizable contract extension for Russell Wilson, and Ian Rapoport has some of the details. The deal includes a $31 million and $60 million in total "guaranteed" money. I am not seeing any word on how much of the remaining $29 million guaranteed is fully vs. injury or otherwise, so we'll see what comes of that.

In the meantime, here are the contract details, table courtesy of Davis Hsu at Field Gulls.

The deal adds four years to Wilson's current deal, locking him up through 2019. Colin Kaepernick inked a six-year extension a year ago, and is signed through 2020. For comparison's sake, Kap had a salary cap hit of $3,767,291 last year after signing his deal. Kap's cap hits moving forward are as follows (they can increase with $2 million All Pro, Super Bowl escalators):

2015: $15,265,753
2016: $16,765,753
2017: $19,365,753
2018: $19,865,754
2019: $19,200,000
2020: $21,400,000

Kap's deal included a signing bonus of just over $12 million. That opened the door for larger base salaries than Wilson, but Wilson obviously got significantly more up front. The low signing bonus means Kap's deal is built to be restructured in the very near future. Kap's deal includes rolling bonuses that make it easier for the 49ers to get out of the deal. I don't see the 49ers releasing Kap after this season, but this is still a pretty big season for him for purposes of showing what kind of improvements he can make.

On the other hand, Wilson's deal likely will not be restructured soon. $6.2 million a year in prorated bonus money means Wilson is likely playing most of the four years on that deal. The two sides might work out an extension before this deal ends, but this deal does a solid job making it less likely that the Seahawks can just cut ties and move on.