New deal with Seahawks makes Wilson highest-paid National Football League player

Ross Houston
April 17, 2019

The deal comes with a no-trade clause, $107 million in guaranteed money, and a massive $65 million signing bonus (which also sets a record, according to ESPN.) This deal surpasses the record-setting contract Aaron Rodgers signed with the Green Bay Packers past year.

The quarterback who has led the Seahawks to seven straight winning seasons is staying in Seattle for a few more years.

Wilson's reported annual average of $35 million tops the blockbuster extension signed last summer by Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers at $33.5 million. The cost: four years and $140 million with a record $65 million signing bonus.

"Hey Seattle, we got a deal", Wilson said. "Go Hawks!" she said, with Russell adding, "I'ma see y'all in the morning". Time for you all to go to bed.

Despite Wentz being the more talented player, ESPN projected the Cowboys and Rams signal callers to come out with the largest contract, with Prescott ($28M) and Goff ($31M). "To pay him what you were gonna have to pay him to keep him, and then having to pay Seattle to get him with these young crop of quarterbacks that are coming up this year, next year".

If the sentiment was indeed the genuine desire if Wilson and his wife, it took pressure off the negotiations to create a new National Football League paradigm.

"Russell's goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town", Rodgers said.

Sports blogger and podcaster Andrew Porter suggested the bumper payday for Wilson was simply what the Seahawks quarterback deserved, tweeting: "Russell Wilson should be the highest paid player in the NFL". Now that his buddy K.J. Wright is back, the Seahawks can probably get Wagner on a four or five year contract worth somewhere between 14-15 million annually.

The deal ends the debate about Wilson's future with the Seahawks, although there seemed to be little doubt he would remain in Seattle for a while.

See more on Wilson and Ciara below. This team won one playoff game in Prescott's first three seasons where the Seahawks won six in Wilson's first three. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed is likely to get paid as well.

Wilson, 30, is a Super Bowl victor and five-time Pro Bowler.

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