Seahawks, QB Wilson agree to record 4-year, $140M deal
Seahawks, QB Wilson agree to record 4-year, $140M deal
Russell Wilson becomes NFL's highest-paid player in blockbuster deadline deal
17 April, 2019, 13:02
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter's sources, Wilson's celebration is much-warranted, coming in response to having secured the most lucrative contract in the National Football League: "a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus" that "makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the National Football League". It appears to be a four-year deal at $140 million - $35 million per year - that includes a $65 million signing bonus and $5 million guaranteed base salary.
The Seahawks and their star quarterback reached a deal extremely late Monday night, which came right before Wilson's self-imposed deadline of midnight PST Monday for a new contract.
There are no workarounds for the facts that Wilson has the most wins by a quarterback in his first seven seasons in NFL history, and that his career QB rating of 100.3 is second in league annals only to Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, who is 35.
Wilson was set to enter the final year of his four-year, $87.6 million deal where he was set to make roughly $25.3 million for the 2019 campaign.
Wilson announced his record-breaking deal while in bed with his popstar wife Ciara, telling his followers: "Hey Seattle, we got a deal! Time for ya'll to go to bed".
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Does Russell Wilson want to stay with the Seahawks? Rodgers is back atop the quarterback pay scale after signing an extension past year that averages $33.5 million. And, yes, under the right financial circumstances, Wilson will sign what would be a third contract in Seattle.
When asked about the possible deal during an interview with ET last month, Ciara said she'd be proud of Wilson "no matter what".
"Beyond that, if Prescott improves as Wilson did approaching 30, what can the club afford to pay him later on and remain competitive?"
"At the same time, and I know Dak wants this, you want a supporting cast", Jones said on a recent interview with ESPN Radio. Since being selected by the Hawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson has gone on to prove himself as a valuable team player.
ESPN and the Seattle PI reported the terms of the deal.
See more on Wilson and Ciara below. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed is likely to get paid as well. He's also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.
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