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

ESPN's Brady Henderson reports Russell Wilson reached a new four-year contract deal with the Seattle Seahawks, which includes a $140 million extension with a $65 million signing bonus and now makes him the highest-paid National Football League player in history. It includes a $65 million signing bonus, payable this year, and keeps Wilson a Seahawk through the 2023 season, when he's 35.

The latest request from Wilson makes it seem like the Seahawks won't meet his deadline which then starts the trade clock.

Wilson's annual average of $35 million per season eclipses Aaron Rodgers' extension signed past year. No other quarterback tops $30 million per year, which is probably the baseline for any deal Goff signs. Wilson's message was simple, "Hey, Seattle, we got a deal". "Go Hawks. I'm gonna see you all in the morning". Time for you all to go to bed.

Wilson's agent called it a "compromise" to allow the quarterback to stay in Seattle, which speaks to the demands the top players at the positions hold these days.

Carroll said Jody Allen, the chair of the Seahawks following the death of her brother, Paul Allen, last fall, was instrumental in getting the deal finished.

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ESPN and the Seattle PI reported the terms of the deal. The Seahawks have reportedly asked for an absurd three or four first-round draft picks, but we know a few teams in this league desperate enough to pull the trigger.

For those anxious about Wilson eating up too much cap room and cash, don't worry. Seattle has also reached the playoffs 6 of the 7 years Wilson has been under center, as TMZ points out. Defensive tackle Jarran Reed is likely to get paid as well. He has thrown for 25,624 yards and 196 touchdowns in his seven-year career. He's also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries. "I'm excited about that", Wilson said.

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