Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks agree to 4-year, $140 million extension

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson Back to the future.  Corky Trewin Seattle Seahawks

The quarterback and the Seattle Seahawks had worked out a contract extension, and it's one for the history books, as he's now the highest paid player in the NFL.

"Hey Seattle, we got a deal", Wilson said from his bed, next to his wife, Ciara. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for.

The deal takes Wilson over Aaron Rodgers, who signed a four-year, $134 million extension in August, 2018 that pays him 33.5 million per year.

The Super Bowl winning quarterback posted a video of himself in bed with Ciara after reaching the new deal to announce it to the team's fans. "Go Hawks. But I'ma see y'all in the morning".


Despite that ransom of potential talent, Schneider and Carroll knew they had the rarest commodity in team sports, a premium franchise QB, and would go to their football graves answering the question, "What were you thinking?!" if Wilson were dealt. He's a five-time Pro Bowler and he's won the Super Bowl with the Seahawks.

Last season, Wilson surpassed his previous career bests with 35 touchdown passes and a 110.9 passer rating. The cost: four years and $140 million with a record $65 million signing bonus. He has the highest yearly average salary at $35 million per season.

Wilson and his agent, Mark Rodgers, had imposed a deadline on April 15th as the final time they would address a new contract with the Seahawks ahead of the final year of his existing contract. Wilson has spent his entire career in Seattle since being drafted in 2012. Wentz is projected to snag a deal of five years, $146 million with $50 million guaranteed at signing, along the lines of what Jimmy Garrapolo received from the 49ers. The heart of his career will be played out right where it started.

"I know he's my husband and of course you're gonna think the world of your partner, but I really do believe he's one of the best ever to do it, and it's really cool to watch him on his journey", Ciara continued. Only Dan Marino (220) and Peyton Manning (216) threw more touchdown passes in their first seven seasons than Wilson. "Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers". So, I'm really proud of him and excited for him no matter what.

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