With big contract looming, football star files for divorce

There are many factors that play into a divorce and its aftermath. Aside from child custody issues, perhaps the most important one — or at least the most heated one — can be the division of property and marital assets. This is especially important when one member of the couple earns a large salary and the other does not. But what happens if the husband or wife is on the cusp of an even bigger salary — one that seems likely, but not yet official?

This scenario could be coming into play with NFL player Russell Wilson. Anyone who watched the Super Bowl earlier this year will remember how he led his team, the Seattle Seahawks, to a surprising blowout victory over the Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning. One of the main storylines heading into the game focused on the two quarterbacks, Wilson and Manning, due to the differences in their career trajectories. Manning, a veteran with perhaps his last best chance to win another title, was matched up against Wilson, just a couple of years removed from college.

One effect of that inexperience is Wilson’s contract. According to a story in USA Today, Wilson, not regarded as a top prospect coming out of school, is locked into a relatively modest deal that he cannot renegotiate until after his third year in the league — which begins this fall.

That brings us back to the divorce. Wilson knows, assuming that he stays healthy, that he will be handsomely rewarded by the Seahawks with his next contract. By ending his marriage now, when he makes hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, he might be making sure the millions he will likely earn won’t be lost in a divorce settlement.

Source: Seattlepi.com, “Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson filing for divorce,” Stephen Cohen, April 23, 2014

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