The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a four-year, $ 140 million extension that includes a $ 65 million signing bonus and makes him the highest-paid player in the NFL, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN on Tuesday morning.
With the four new years added to his contract, Wilson is now tied by contract with the Seahawks until the 2023 season, the source said.
Wilson, without specifying the terms, said he had reached an agreement on a video he posted on Twitter about 45 minutes after the midnight deadline that his team had set for an extension.
"Hey, Seattle, we have a deal," says Wilson, sleepily, as he lies in bed with his wife Ciara. "Go Hawks, but I'll see you in the morning, it's time for you to go to bed."
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019
The deal apparently ended after four days of negotiations between the Seahawks and Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, who arrived at the team's headquarters on Friday.
He maintains Wilson, a Pro Bowler five times and the quarterback of the only Super Bowl-winning team in the history of the Seahawks. And it avoids the disordered route of Wilson that goes year after year with the label of the franchise, that would have paved the way for an eventual divorce.
Wilson, 30, was to earn $ 17 million in 2019, the last season of the four-year extension and $ 87.6 million he signed in the summer of 2015. His side had given the Seahawks a run of the year. Monday midnight for a new contract, and according to Schefter, he had no intention of revising the negotiations this year if there was no agreement at that time.
Wilson had said at the end of last season that he would be comfortable starting the last year of his current contract if necessary.
"Oh, yes, if that's what I have to do," Wilson said. "It's business and everything, I know that essentially after the season, I could potentially be a free agent, that kind of thing, I do not think it's like that, I see myself in Seattle, I love Seattle, and it's a special place for me."
Coach Pete Carroll, who also spoke at the end of the season, said an extension of Wilson was "very important in our plans." More recently, he said at the NFL's annual meetings last month that the two sides were "in this" in terms of a possible extension of Wilson without giving further details. But when the deadline was first reported in early April and especially as it approached midnight on Monday, there were no indications of whether they would reach an agreement or not.
Despite the uncertainty about his contract negotiations, Wilson was present on Monday for the start of the team's off-season volunteer program while his agent and the Seahawks continued to meet.
Wilson's extension in 2015 averaged $ 21.9 million, which at that time made him the second highest paid quarterback in terms of annual average below Rodgers with $ 22 million. Wilson had dropped to 12th place on that list before his last extension put him on top.
With Wilson in charge, the Seahawks can then pay attention after the draft to possible extensions for the All-Pro center linebacker. Bobby Wagner and Frank Clark, the best passers on the team. However, it will not be an easy task to extend them both, given the money they are paying Wilson and the fact that Wagner and Clark extensions would be near or at the top of the market for their positions. Clark has been the subject of commercial rumors and has not yet signed his $ 17,128 million franchise tag.
Wilson is coming off the best season of his seven-year career. He outperformed his previous career with 35 touchdown passes and a passer rating of 110.9, while tied for seven interceptions. Wilson did that in 427 attempts, his smallest amount since 2013, while the Seahawks operated one of the most serious crimes in the league. Only Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes finished with a better score than Wilson's 110.9, who also set a new record.