Russell Wilson Agrees To Four-Year, $140M Extension With Seahawks

Russell Wilson becomes NFL's highest-paid player in blockbuster deadline deal

National Football League quarterback Russell Wilson announced that he has reached a contract extension with the Seattle Seahawks, and he did so at 3:44 a.m. with his wife Ciara lying next to him on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. This includes $67 million at signing, $107 million in guaranteed money and a no-trade clause. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for. At an annual average salary of $35 million, Wilson makes more money than Aaron Rodgers who rakes in $33.5 million a year.

United States sports talk presenter Clay Travis noted the way Wilson delivered the news to his fans and likening it to some basketball showboating, tweeting: "Gotta say, Russell Wilson getting a $140 million contract and announcing it from bed with Ciara laying beside him feels like dunking and hanging on the rim". They won't be able to pay their other core players the way they did when Wilson was on his rookie deal years ago, and we've seen the implications of that.

"Hey Seattle, we got a deal", a sleepy-sounding Wilson says while lying in bed next to his wife Ciara. "Go Hawks! But I'ma see ya'll in the morning". Had the 'Hawks failed to hammer out an extension, Russell's camp said he wouldn't "revisit negotiations" in 2019, and he'd play out the previous year of his contract. He led the Seahawks to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and narrowly missed winning a second Super Bowl the next year, when his team fell to Tom Brady's New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. That deal had a $57.5 million signing bonus with $98.2 million in total guarantees.

Wilson and the Seahawks shattered those rumors at that Wilson-imposed deadline by reportedly agreeing to a record-setting contract extension early Tuesday morning.

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In his career, Wilson has thrown for 25,624 yards, 196 touchdowns and 63 interceptions.

Since entering the league as a third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Wilson has become a proven franchise cornerstone that has taken the team to great heights.

Time will tell how many of these four players will be in a Seahawks uniform going into the next decade. The Lions have been adamant that they haven't supported Stafford enough in recent seasons and have made this offseason about changing that, starting with hiring a new offensive coordinator in Darrell Bevell, who was Wilson's play caller in Seattle. "I've always wanted to be". Your dedication, consistency & commitment to the game never wavers.

It's possible we will hear that an agreement actually was reached, or that Wilson and his camp are planning to extend his arbitrary deadline date. "I'm excited about that", Wilson said.

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