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Who is the highest-paid player in Seahawks history?

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The NFL's largest contracts are usually given to the quarterback, but the Seattle Seahawks have had a history of investing in their defensive secondary over the past couple of decades.

From two members of the Legion of Boom to Seattle's current franchise QB, here are the players who made the most money on the Seahawks.

5. Earl Thomas

Earl Thomas was perhaps the greatest safety to ever play for the Seahawks. The first member of the aforementioned Legion of Boom, Thomas was drafted by Seattle with the 14th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft and amassed $55.9 million over his nine years with the franchise.

He totaled 664 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, nine interceptions and three touchdowns during his Seahawks career and earned $77.9 million in 10 seasons in the NFL. 

4. Richard Sherman

Richard Sherman was often seen as the face of the Legion of Boom era of the Seahawks' defense. The cornerback shut down the opposing team's No. 1 receiver on a weekly basis and became known as the best defender in the league from 2014 to 2017.

He helped lead the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2014 and 2015 and a Lombardi Trophy in 2014.

Sherman was paid quite handsomely for his service, earning $48.02 million over the course of his Seahawks career, and a total of $82.7 million in 10 seasons as a professional.

Sherman had 368 tackles, 32 interceptions and three touchdowns in seven seasons with the team.

3. Matt Hasselbeck

Matt Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history in 2006 and held most of Seattle's passing record before Russell Wilson came to town.

 

Hasselbeck threw for 29,434 yards and 174 touchdowns in 11 seasons with the Seahawks and earned over $88 million in 18 seasons in the NFL.

2. Russell Okung

Every franchise quarterback needs a franchise left tackle protecting his blindside. Russell Okung did that for the Seahawks for over half a decade as the No. 6 overall in the 2010 draft.

Okung earned a total of $108.8 million in 11 seasons in the NFL. 

1. Russell Wilson

Wilson might be the best third-round pick in Seahawks history. The No. 75 overall pick in 2012 has broken almost every Seahawk passing record and earned a record-setting four-year, $140 million deal in 2019. Wilson has grossed $162.3 million over the course of his nine seasons in Seattle, the most in Seahawks history.

To be fair, Wilson has more than deserved the money after leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl win in franchise history in 2014 and consistently making the playoffs each year. Wilson has thrown for 33,946 yards and 267 touchdowns in his career.