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NFL AM: Russell Wilson Wants To Be The Highest Paid Ever, Or Doesn’t

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Whether it’s 25 million or 1.5 million, Russell Wilson will be ready to go:

“I don’t know, what would you pay me?” Russell Wilson responded when questioned what he was worth during an interview with ESPN Monday.

Wilson wants to be the highest paid player in the history of football, or he’s not worried about what he’s going to get paid, and he’s going to let his agent handle the business side of football. Publicly Wilson would like us to believe he’s not the least bit concerned about his contract situation, but it seems like every time you turn around, there’s a new report on just how much he’s asking for. As usual, the truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

If a contract isn’t reached before the season, Wilson certainly seems comfortable in letting the situation play out, and continuing to prove he’s worthy of being considered among the best quarterbacks in the game.

“I think ultimately, it comes down to the play. Just let my play speak for itself,” Wilson told ESPN. “No matter if it’s $25 million or if it’s $1.5 million — I’ll be ready to go.

There’s no question it’s a matter of when and not if Wilson will ink a new deal with the Seahawks, and then the debate can turn to whether or not Wilson is deserving of his whopping new deal.

It’s almost certain Wilson will be the highest paid quarterback in the game when the deal gets done, and it will inevitably get the “but he’s not the best,” argument that comes up every time a player signs a deal that makes him the highest paid player at his position.

Wilson isn’t the best quarterback in football, and neither was Joe Flacco when he signed his new deal. It’s just the system. The next guy up gets the next biggest deal if he’s considered a franchise guy. After consecutive Super Bowls, there’s no arguing that Wilson is just that.

Marcel Dareus believes Rex Ryan can make Bills special:

The Buffalo Bills have one of the best defenses in football, but new head coach Rex Ryan has defensive tackle Marcel Dareus thinking about much, much loftier goals.

While the Bills defense was ferocious a season ago, Dareus believes Ryan’s schemes can help improve a unit that led the NFL in sacks become dominant. Dareus doesn’t just believe the Bills can be great in 2015, he believes they can be the best defense of all time.

“It’s so obtainable,” Dareus said in regards to being the greatest defense ever. “All we have to do is continue to do what we want, and not what we can. If we do what we want, and do everything to head in that direction, why can’t we? Why can’t we?”

It’s obvious that Ryan’s bravado and confidence is starting to rub off on his new team, and the players sound ready to run through a wall for Ryan, because they may believe he’d run through one for them.

“We finally have a coach who will really lay it on the line for us,” Dareus gushed. “I mean, Rex will make the tough calls and really put us in the position to win, regardless of whatever the stakes are. And he’s not going to be buddy-buddy. He’s like, ‘You’re a grown man and I’m going to tell it to you like it is.’ And that’s what we all need. We’re all grown men. To have somebody babying us, or somebody trying to micro-manage us — I mean, no man really wants to ever be under somebody’s thumb all the time. Rex is just that type of guy where he’s going to let you play ball, he’s going to put you in the best situations, and he’s going to do his best not to let you fail.”

Dareus and his teammates are probably a little optimistic about how good they’re going to be, but Ryan, and likely Bills fans wouldn’t want it any other way. The Bills won’t be the greatest defense of all time in 2015, but they have a talented defense that Ryan will likely get the most out of.

Darrelle Revis to work out with Patriots ex-teammates:

After leaving to go back to the New York Jets and having less than flattering things to say about Tom Brady and New England regarding “Deflate-Gate,” you’d assume that all ties between Darrelle Revis and the New England Patriots would be severed.

Not so much.

A year ago, New England Patriots’ defensive backs Tavon Wilson, Logan Ryan and Devin McCourty joined Revis in Arizona to work with the All-Pro corner in preparation for the upcoming season, and this year the group plans to join Revis again despite the fact the players play for division rivals.

While the Patriots probably have lukewarm feelings about Revis at this point, they should welcome their players working with Revis as their secondary will need to overcome the loss of Revis and Brandon Browner.

If the Patriots have any hope of defending their Super Bowl championship, they’re going to need big performances from younger cornerbacks like Ryan and Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, who will likely start across from veteran free agent signing Bradley Fletcher.


About Pat Donovan

Pat Donovan

Pat Donovan has covered the NFL for almost a decade and is a host and producer for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers radio flagship 620WDAE/95.3FM. Pat covers the NFC South and NFC East for Football Insiders. Follow him on Twitter, @PatDonovanNFL.