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NFL.com writers debated how Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck will rank over the next five years. Three of the eight put Wilson first; three had Luck; and two picked Newton. Here's Charley Casserly's take:
The ranking will, of course, depend on the talent each of these quarterbacks will be playing with and who is coaching them -- and those variables are somewhat difficult to predict. It also depends on how we're going to judge them as quarterbacks. My vote, based on their passing ability from the pocket, would be for Andrew Luck first, then Russell Wilson, followed by Cam Newton.
Consider that Bennett currently is the 26th-highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL at an average of $7.125 million per year -- Miami’s Ndamukong Suh tops the list at more than $19 million annually. Fifteen make $10 million or more per season.
Of the 25 players making more than Bennett, all but three have signed new contracts (either extensions or as free agents) since Bennett signed his.
The deal for Baldwin, plus the ones to Wilson and [Jermaine] Kearse over the last 11 months (Seattle inherited half of [Jimmy] Graham's contract in last year’s trade with New Orleans), are about a larger, longer-term message. It’s about the Seahawks rewarding and reinforcing their core.
It’s showing the rest of the players that if you do what three of the guys who have exemplified how general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll want their players to train, practice and prepare, you can get rewarded here, too.