Sunday, 16 June, 2019

Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson agree to record-breaking contract extension

With franchise tags the Seahawks could keep Russell Wilson through 2021 With franchise tags the Seahawks could keep Russell Wilson through 2021
Sidney Guerrero | 17 April, 2019, 16:27

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he and the team have "got a deal" to keep him in Seattle, and multiple reports say it's a record-breaker.

The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight deadline for a new deal with Seattle.

But, in the middle of the night, Wilson got the extension he wanted, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $140 million. His average annual salary of $35 million eclipses that of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose contract signed in 2018 pays him an average of $33.5 million annually.

After signing his big deal, Wilson and his wife Ciara took to Twitter where they looked pretty happy and cuddled up.

Peter King of NBC Sports reported Monday that Wilson had hoped to get a contract that didn't have a set amount of money he would be paid. "You believed in me 10 years ago when no one else would", Wilson tweeted early Tuesday morning (April 16) after the announcement. Rodgers' deal included a $57.5 million signing bonus, also topped by Wilson.

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But the extension allows Seattle to budget for the future knowing how to work with Wilson's hefty paycheck in the years ahead and build a contender around the former third-round pick that has developed into a franchise QB.

See more on Wilson and Ciara below. Wilson and the Seahawks fell to the New England Patriots the next year in Super Bowl XLIX. He has averaged 28 touchdown passes and has a career passer rating of 100.3 while being named to the Pro Bowl five times. He has thrown for 25,624 yards, 196 touchdowns and 63 interceptions in his Seahawks career, leading the team to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons.

When asked about a new deal on Monday at the start of offseason workouts, Wentz left the contract discussions to his agent. 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. Your dedication, consistency & commitment to the game never wavers. Jarran Reed, I know that's a guy that they really think is one of the core young leaders on the team (and) they really want to get him locked up.

Wilson's contract has one fewer year than Stafford's, so the annual can expectedly be higher, but it's a significant jump. "I'm excited about that", Wilson said.

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