Russell Wilson net worth and salary: Russell Wilson is an American professional football player who has a net worth of $45 million and an annual salary of $12.5 million. Russell Wilson was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and began playing football with his father and brother before he started kindergarten. He went on to distinguish himself as a football player throughout high school, finishing his four years with multiple all-district, all-region, and all-state honors, as well as being named Conference Player of the Year. He was featured in Sports Illustrated his senior year. He was also a star player on his high school baseball and basketball teams. Russell was drafted into Major League Baseball straight out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles. He was the fifth pick in the 41st round of the 2007 MLB draft. Technically he was the 1,222nd overall pick. Wilson turned down the contract and opted to attend North Carolina State. Russell went on to play football, very successfully, for North Carolina State but was never invited to the NFL's Scouting Combine. He then surprised everyone by announcing his intention to play professional baseball. In 2011, Russell reported to spring training with the Colorado Rockies. Over the next two summers, Russell had moderate success playing minor league baseball. He also transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he spent one more year.
In another move that shocked family and friends, in January 2012, Russell announced he was going to begin training for upcoming NFL Scouting Combine. He entered the 2012 NFL draft as a projected middle-round pick. The Seattle Seahawks chose Russell Wilson in the third round as the 75th pick overall. Not exactly high honors. Despite these lowly beginnings, Russell has since gone on to earn multiple honors since joining the team, including being named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, PFF Offensive Rookie of the Year, and ranking #51 on the NFL Top 100 of 2013. He was a 2012 Pro Bowl selection. At the XLIX Super Bowl, Wilson and the Seahawks almost repeated as champions, but were defeated 28-24 by Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Technically he is also still available to play Minor League baseball and was recently acquired by the Texas Rangers, but those career aspirations might need to fall to the wayside.
On July 31st, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks signed Wilson to a four-year contract extension valued at $87.6 million with a signing bonus of $31 million and $60 million of it guaranteed. Going forward he will play out his rookie contract this upcoming season for a base salary of $700,000. For the 2016 season his base will jump up to $12.34 million, up again the next season to $12.6 million, then $15.5 million in 2018, and $17 million in 2019.