BREAKING: Russell Wilson, Seahawks agree to record-breaking four-year, $140 million extension
Heading into Monday night’s self-imposed deadline from Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson for a new extension with the Seattle Seahawks, there hadn’t been much momentum building toward a new contract.
This all changed in the wee hours of Tuesday morning as Wilson and the Seahawks agreed to a record-breaking four-year, $140 million extension with $65 million in signing bonuses, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Russell Wilson and the Seahawks reached agreement on a 4-year, $140 million in new money extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus, per source. https://t.co/SgsxgNIqli
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2019
Wilson was set to enter the final year of his four-year, $87.6 million deal where he was set to make roughly $25.3 million for the 2019 campaign. However, this new contract now replaces the final year of his previous extension that will run through the 2023 campaign while making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. He is set to make an annual average salary of $35 million per season.
It didn’t take long for Wilson to react via social media to the new extension voicing his excitement about his long-term future with the franchise
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019
Since entering the league as a third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Wilson has become a proven franchise cornerstone that has taken the team to great heights. 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.
The 30-year-0ld is coming off arguably the best individual campaign of his career that saw him post 35 touchdown passes along with a 110.9 passer rating while tying his career low with seven interceptions that earned him his sixth Pro Bowl selection. There had been some building chatter about his potential departure from the franchise if a new deal wasn’t met, but this officially dismisses that possibility altogether.