Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks agree to 4-year, $140 million extension

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

The Seahawks were up against a deadline of late Monday night to reach a deal with Wilson, who had vowed not to discuss an extension if the sides couldn't reach a deal by midnight. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, a source told the outlet. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for.

The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes him the highest-paid player in the National Football League, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday morning. Over the next four years, Wilson will make an average of $35 million a year.

U.S. sports talk presenter Clay Travis noted the way Wilson delivered the news to his fans and likening it to some basketball showboating, tweeting: "Gotta say, Russell Wilson getting a $140 million contract and announcing it from bed with Ciara laying beside him feels like dunking and hanging on the rim". "The Cowboys signed or traded for three veterans - wide receiver Randall Cobb, defensive end Robert Quinn and safety George Iloka - all on one-year deals, hoping to capitalize on this final shot at doing what Seattle did so well with its young quarterback". He posted a video in bed with his wife, singer Ciara, and said, "Hey, Seattle".

"Go Hawks", she said from bed with Wilson.

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.

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No more speculation about Wilson wanting to play elsewhere.

Will Wilson potentially going year-to-year make it easier for Seattle to secure long-term extensions for the trio, or will it make Seahawks general manager John Schneider more concerned about money, leading to a series of franchise-gutting moves? The cost: four years and $140 million with a record $65 million signing bonus.

Wilson reported to the team's off-season conditioning program Monday, according to ESPN. He has the highest yearly average salary at $35 million per season. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever.

It's still a relative bargain for the Seahawks, who would have been in a major pickle without Wilson under center beyond the 2019 season. The hardest working man I know. 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, and commitment to the game never wavers".

Following the news, Ciara took to Instagram to share a pic of Wilson in action on the field, along with a sweet caption. "I'm excited about that", Wilson said.

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