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Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Position: Quarterback

Jersey Number: 3

Years: 2

Surprise. Wilson shot up to second place from No. 14 last season. Fans love an underdog. At only 5'11", Wilson is the shortest starting quarterback in the NFL.

As a rookie, he beat out two higher-paid veterans, Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, for the starting job. Wilson is an even bigger bargain than NFC West rival Kaepernick: the third-round draft pick averages only $749,176 in annual salary, according to Spotrac. To put that in perspective, quarterbacks Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens ($20.1 million) and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints ($20 million) will make nearly 27 times as much Wilson this season.

Another boost: Swoosh gave the Seahawks uniform the coolest redesign of all 32 clubs last season. Wilson is part of the youth movement where stars 25 or younger boast three best-selling jerseys. Such as No. 3…

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