This all changed in the wee hours of Tuesday morning as Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a record-breaking four-year, $140 million extension with $65 million in signing bonuses, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Russell, who is now "contractually tied" to the Seahawks through the 2023 season, surpasses Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers "richest" contract, which included a new-money $35.5 million annual average per season and a $57.5 million signing bonus.
Earlier this month, Wilson set a deadline of midnight Monday for the sides to reach a long-term contract. The contract makes Wilson the highest-paid player in the National Football League, surpassing Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. No other quarterback tops $30 million per year, which is probably the baseline for any deal Goff signs. Wilson gets $70 million fully guaranteed in year one.
"Hey Seattle, we got a deal", Wilson said. "Go Hawks. But I'ma see ya'll in the morning. He wakes up early, like, literally 5 a.m. nearly everyday, especially when he's in season, and to see him so dedicated - he'll be the first one in and the last one out - and that's always who he's been since day one". He wanted certainty about his contract before the team got into its offseason workout program, which began Monday.
No more speculation about Wilson wanting to play elsewhere. Always the first person in & the last person out. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed is likely to get paid as well. He also ran only 67 times, a career low, as the improved running game and offensive line play allowed Wilson to stay in the pocket more often.
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In his career, Wilson has thrown for 25,624 yards, 196 touchdowns and 63 interceptions.
Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowl selection who posted career-highs in passing touchdowns (35) and passer-rating (110.9) in 2018.
Wilson's new deal was going to have to top the extension signed by Rodgers before the start of last season. "Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers".
Under Wilson, the Seahawks are 75-36-1 in the regular season, reaching the playoffs in six of his seven seasons and winning the Super Bowl after the 2013 season. So, I'm really proud of him and excited for him no matter what.