Quarterback Russell Wilson and his agent, Mark Rogers, had given the team a deadline of April 15th to get an extension done for the superstar, who has become the face of the franchise as the Legion of Boom defense has experienced mountainous turnover in the last few years.
It is hard to imagine Seattle keeping all four after 2019, especially if the Seahawks have to tag Wilson for the next two years, which will cost them roughly $67 million through 2021. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for.
Russell Wilson is now the highest-paid player in the National Football League after agreeing to a four-year, $140 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks. He is set to make an annual average salary of $35 million per season.
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"Good night", says Ciara, adding, "Finally, you can go to sleep." which prompts Wilson to chuckle.
"Hey Seattle. We got a deal", he said while lying in bed with the songstress.
Wilson's deal also includes a pretty hefty signing bonus of $65 million. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. He led the Seahawks to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and narrowly missed winning a second Super Bowl the next year, when his team fell to Tom Brady's New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. At $27 million a season for five years, it was quite the investment in a player who hadn't yet broken into an elite tier at his position.
"Half of last year's 12 playoff teams got there by having a first-contract quarterback at the top of their depth chart".
The 5-foot-11 Wilson threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and matched his career low with seven interceptions. The Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott is in line for a new deal, while the Eagles are already working toward signing Carson Wentz to a long-term deal, according to GM Howie Roseman. The heart of his career will be played out right where it started.
"When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever".
The length of the extension goes beyond the expiration of Carroll's current contract, and will come after a new collective bargaining agreement with the players union. "Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers. I'm excited about that", Wilson said.