Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson reached an agreement on an extension of $ 140 million that includes a $ 65 million bonus and makes the quarterback the highest paid player in the NFL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter Tuesday morning .
With the four new years added to his contract, Wilson, 30, is now contractually tied to the Seahawks for the 2023 season, the source said.
In addition to winning the contract with Aaron Rodgers quarterback as the richest ever with an annual new money average of $ 35 million per season, Wilson's signing bonus also sets a new record. Rodgers was the first in both categories for $ 33.5 million and $ 57.5 million, respectively, for the extension signed last summer.
The agreement includes a non-commercial clause, a source said, confirming a NFL Network report.
Wilson, without specifying the terms, said he had reached an agreement in a video that he posted on Twitter about 45 minutes after passing the midnight deadline his team had set for an extension.
"Hey, Seattle, we have a deal," says sleepy Wilson, lying on the bed next to his wife Ciara. "Go Hawks, but I'll see you tomorrow morning, it's time for you to go to bed."
– Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019
The deal was apparently concluded after four days of negotiations between the Seahawks and Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, who arrived at the team's headquarters Friday.
He maintains Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler and the quarterback of the only Super Bowl winning team in the history of Seahawks, under contract for his 35-year age. And he avoids Wilson's messy path that goes on from year to year on the franchise tag, which would have paved the way for a possible divorce.
Wilson was set to make $ 17 million in 2019, the final season of the $ 87.6 million four-year extension signed in the summer of 2015. His team had given the Seahawks the deadline of Monday at midnight for a new contract, and according to Schefter, does not intend to review the negotiations this year if there was no agreement from that point.
Wilson had said at the end of last season that it would be convenient to enter the last year of his current agreement, if necessary.
"Oh yes, if that's what I have to do," said Wilson. "It's business and all, I know that after the season, I could potentially be a free agent, that kind of thing, I don't think that way, I see myself 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 that an extension Wilson is "very much in our plans". More recently, last month, he told the annual NFL meetings that the two sides were "on it" in terms of a potential extension of Wilson without elaboration. But when the deadline was announced for the first time in early April and especially when midnight Monday was approaching, there was no indication that they would reach an agreement or not.
Despite uncertainty over contract negotiations, Wilson was present for the start of the team's voluntary offseason program on Monday while his agent and the Seahawks continued to meet.
Wilson's extension in 2015 was on average $ 21.9 million, which at the time made him the second highest paid annual quarterback below Rodgers at $ 22 million. Wilson had reached the 12th place on that list before his last extension put him at the top.
With Wilson's care, the Seahawks can now focus their attention after the draft on potential extensions for the All-Pro average linebacker Bobby Wagner and Frank Clark, the team's top pass-rusher. However, it will not be an easy task to extend both, given the amount of money they are paying to 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 commercial rumors and has not yet signed his $ 17,128 million franchise tag.
Wilson is coming off probably the best season of his seven-year career. He improved his best career precedents with 35 touchdown passes and a score of 110.9 passer, while tying his career to a minimum of seven interceptions. Wilson did it in 427 attempts, the minimum since 2013, as the Seahawks managed one of the heaviest crimes in the league. Only Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes closed with a better score than Wilson's 110.9, which also set a new career record.
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