Russell Wilson Agrees to $140M Deal with Seattle, Now Highest-Paid Player

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson Back to the future.  Corky Trewin Seattle Seahawks

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson Back to the future. Corky Trewin Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks as the highest paid player in the NFL.

Wilson's average salary will become $35 million a year, which will edge him past Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed the deal noting it to be worth $140 million over 4 years with a $65 million signing bonus. Former NFL head coach Jack Del Rio added to the noise by suggesting Wilson would be traded this offseason, and then Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu recently tweeted out of nowhere: "Russ wants NY".

Tweeting a video from bed, Wilson said on the attached video, "Hey, Seattle, we got a deal", before noting that he would talk more about it after he woke up.

"I'm going to see y'all in the morning", Wilson said on the video. "Time for ya'll to go to bed".

Wilson's new contract will have a profound impact on the future of a handful of Seahawks players, most notably Frank Clark, Bobby Wagner and Jarran Reed.

"Beyond that, if Prescott improves as Wilson did approaching 30, what can the club afford to pay him later on and remain competitive?"

"You're getting Russell Wilson his prime now", Danny Kanell said on Tuesday's "Off the Bench". Since being selected by the Hawks in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Wilson has gone on to prove himself as a valuable team player.

For those anxious about Wilson eating up too much cap room and cash, don't worry. Even if he played out 2019 under his current deal, Seattle could have used the franchise tag if needed to keep him under contract through 2020 and 2021 at reasonable prices by QB standards. He reached the playoffs in six out of his first seven campaigns including bringing the first championship to the organization by winning one of out two trips to the Super Bowl. If the Cowboys think life gets easier as their quarterback gains experience, it's nearly like they've forgotten the oldest rule in the book.

Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowler, was present for the first day of Seahawks voluntary workout program while his agent and team executives worked out a deal. "Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers".

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