The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have agreed on a four-year, $ 140 million extension that includes a $ 65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the Wilson, 30, is now contractually tied to the Seahawks through the 2023 season, the source said.
In addition to topping Packer's quarterback, Aaron Rodgers' contract as the richest ever in terms of annual average of $ 35 million per season, Wilson's signing bonus also sets a new record. Rodgers was first in both categories at $ 33.5 million and $ 57.5 million, respectively, on the extension he signed last summer.
Wilson, without specifying terms, said he had reached a deal in a video he posted to Twitter about 45 minutes after the
"Hey Seattle, we got a deal," a sleepy-sounding Wilson says while lying in bed next to his wife Ciara. "Go hawks. But I'll be ya'll in the morning. Time for ya'll go to bed."
̵1; Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019
The deal was apparently completed after four days of negotiations between the Seahawks and Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, who arrived at the team's headquarters on Friday.
It keeps Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler and quarterback of the only Super Bowl-winning team in Seahawks history, with the team through 2023. And it avoids the messy route of Wilson going on a year-to-year franchise tag, which would have paved the way for eventual divorces.
Wilson was set to make 17 million dollars in 2019, the final season of the The four-year, $ 87.6 million extension he signed in the summer of 2015. His side had given Seahawks a deadline of midnight Monday for a new contract, and according to Schefter, did not intend to revisit the talks this year if there were no a deal with that point.
Wilson had said at the end of the month "Oh yeah, if that's what I've got to do," Wilson said. "It's business and everything. I know essentially after the season, I could potentially be a free agent, that kind of thing. I do not think that way. I see myself being in Seattle. I love Seattle and it's a special place. for me. "
Coach Pete Carroll, also speaking at the end of the season, said a Wilson extension was" very much in our plans. " More recently, he said at the NFL's annual meetings last month that the two sides were "on it" in terms of a potential Wilson extension without elaborating.
Despite the uncertainty over his contractual negotiations, Wilson was present at the start of the meeting, and there was no indication of whether or not they would come to an agreement.
Wilson's 2015 extension averaged $ 21.9 million, which at the time made him the second-highest-paid quarterback in terms of annual average below Rodgers at $ 22. million Wilson had fallen all the way to the 12th in that list before his latest extension put him at the top.
With Wilson taken care of, Seahawks can now focus their attention after draft to potential extensions for All-Pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and Frank Clark, the team's top pass-rusher. However, it will be no easy task to extend both of them given how much money they're now paying for Wilson and the fact that Wagner's and Clark's extensions would be near or at the top of the market for their positions. Clark has been the subject of trade rumors and has yet to sign his $ 17.128 million franchise tag.
Wilson is coming off the arguably the best season for his seven year career. He edged his previous career bests with 35 touchdown passes and a 110.9 passer rating while tying his career low of seven interceptions. Wilson did that on 427 attempts, his leastest since 2013, as Seahawks operated one of the league's most run-heavy offenses. Only Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes finished with a better rating than Wilson's 110.9, which also established a new career-high.