RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks as the highest paid player in the NFL.
Wilson posted a video on social media early Tuesday saying, “Seattle, we got a deal,” shortly after agreeing to a $140 million, four-year extension with the Seahawks, his agent Mark Rodgers told The Associated Press. Wilson’s new deal runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money.
Wilson’s per year average of $35 million tops Aaron Rodgers’ average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed last year with the Green Bay Packers.
Wilson’s current $87.6 million, four-year deal was signed at the beginning of training camp in 2015 and was set to expire after next season.
“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. “He believes there is still unfinished business and he is looking forward to pursuing that without having to worry about contracts and his future.”
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BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 26: Professional football player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara arrive at the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
US football quarterback Russell Wilson and US singer Ciara Princess Wilson pose upon their arrival for the 25th annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. / AFP / TIBRINA HOBSON (Photo credit should read TIBRINA HOBSON/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) New England Patriots CEO Robert Kraft, recording artist Ciara, host Elton John, and NFL player Russell Wilson attend the 25th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)
HOLLYWOOD, CA – FEBRUARY 12: NFL Player Russell Wilson (L) and Musician Ciara attend Warner Music Group’s Annual GRAMMY Celebration at Milk Studios on February 12, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 24: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara attend Vanity Fair and Genesis Celebrate ‘Hidden Figures’ on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, CA – FEBRUARY 08: Singer Ciara and NFL player Russell Wilson attend The 2017 MAKERS Conference Day 3 at Terranea Resort on February 8, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for AOL)
WESTWOOD, CA – JULY 14: Football player Russell Wilson and recording artist Ciara attend the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/KCSports2016/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA – JULY 14: Recording artist Ciara and football player Russell Wilson attend the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2016 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 14, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/KCSports2016/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: Russell Wilson and Ciara attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 13: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the 2016 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Ciara and Russell Wilson at the Regents Street Burberry store on July 7, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Milan/GC Images)
OAKLAND, CA – JUNE 19: Seattle Seahawk, Russell Wilson and Singer, Ciara pose for a photo before the 2016 NBA Finals Game Seven between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors on June 19, 2016 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 22: NFL player Russell Wilson and singer/co-host Ciara attend the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BBMA2016/Getty Images for dcp)
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 22: Singer Ciara (R) and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson arrive at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on May 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 19: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen arriving at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on May 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by TSM/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – MARCH 20: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Russell Wilson and Ciara attend Daily Front Row Fashion Los Angeles Awards Private Dinner Hosted By Eva Chow And Carine Roitfeld at Mr Chow on March 20, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 19: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and Ciara attend the season grand opening of the Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on March 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
US American football quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson (L) and his gilfriend US singer Ciara (R) attend the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Montpellier (MHSC) on March 5, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE / AFP / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and recording artist Ciara attend the GRAMMY Charities Signings backstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – FEBRUARY 14: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara attend the 2016 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons honoring Irving Azoff at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 14, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 12: Ciara and Russell Wilson are seen leaving the Polo Ralph Lauren presentation during Fall 2016 New York Fashion Week on February 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 09: Ciara and Russell Wilson attend the Washington Wizards vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on February 9, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 08: Taylor Swift, Russell Wilson and Ciara perform at CenturyLink Field on August 8, 2015 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Suzi Pratt/LP5/Getty Images for TAS)
WESTWOOD, CA – JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WESTWOOD, CA – JULY 16: NFL player Russell Wilson and singer Ciara arrive at the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Sports Awards 2015 at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion on July 16, 2015 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 15: NFL player Russell Wilson (L) and singer Ciara arrive at the The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.(Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 28: Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks and Ciara Harris arrive for the State dinner in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe And Akie Abe April 28, 2015 at the Booksellers area of the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery/Getty Images)
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The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight deadline for a new deal with Seattle. He wanted certainty about his contract before the start of the team’s offseason workout program, which began on Monday. Wilson showed up for the first day and by the end of the night was posting a video with wife Ciara announcing the agreement.
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. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. 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 a reasonable price by quarterback standards.
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.
Wilson’s new deal was going to have to top the extension signed by Rodgers before the start of last season. Wilson was the second-highest paid player in football behind Rodgers when his deal was signed in 2015, but had fallen to the 12th highest-paid QB in the league, according to Overthecap.com.
The five-time Pro Bowl selection is coming off arguably his best season as Seattle went a surprising 10-6 and earned an NFC wild card before losing to Dallas in the opening round of the playoffs. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but the Seahawks were ahead of schedule thanks to their return to a run-first offense and Wilson’s exceptional performance when tasked to throw.
The 5-foot-11 Wilson threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and matched his career low with seven interceptions. He attempted only 427 passes — his lowest total since his second season when Seattle won the Super Bowl — but his efficiency was a career best with a 110.9 passer rating. He also ran only 67 times, a career low, as the improved run game and offensive line play allowed Wilson to stay in the pocket more and scramble for his life less.
It was a stark change from the 2017 season when Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time under Wilson. He led the league in touchdown passes, but also was Seattle’s leading rusher due to a non-existent run game.
The idea of Wilson ever leaving Seattle has always seemed a stretch. Teams simply don’t give up on quarterbacks with the kind of success he’s had. Wilson has led the Seahawks to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons, the only miss coming in 2017 when Seattle finished 9-7. He won a Super Bowl in his second season and got back to the championship game a year later before making the one major mistake of his career that will linger until he wins another title, throwing a goal line interception in the final minute when the Seahawks had a chance to take the lead on New England.
Wilson has shelved the stigma of short quarterbacks being unable to play in the NFL. He’s also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.
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