Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
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How Russell Wilson's extension impacts the Seahawks

How Russell Wilson's extension impacts the Seahawks

The deal comes with a no-trade clause, $107 million in guaranteed money, and a massive $65 million signing bonus (which also sets a record, according to ESPN.) This deal surpasses the record-setting contract Aaron Rodgers signed with the Green Bay Packers a year ago.

It all happened just 30 minutes before Wilson's deadline of midnight last night and resulted in the Seattle quarterback committing himself to the team for the next four years in return for the biggest contract in National Football League history. Previously, Aaron Rodgers had the highest annual salary at $33.5 million, followed by Matt Ryan ($30 million).

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. Former NFL head coach Jack Del Rio added to the noise by suggesting Wilson would be traded this offseason, and then Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu recently tweeted out of nowhere: "Russ wants NY".

According to USA Today, Willson tweeted, 'Hey, Seattle, we got a deal.' while lying in bed with his wife Ciara. "Go Hawks. But I'ma see ya'll in the morning". Time for you all to go to bed.

And with his new contract done, Wilson has the chance to play his entire career with one team. ESPN reports that the deal was finalized around the midnight deadline Wilson had imposed and came at the end of a grueling four-day negotiation process.

Russell Wilson was just playing a proverbial game of poker.

However, by paying their quarterback $35 million per year, the Seahawks will also be strapped for cash.

USA 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".

"Russell's goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town", Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers said. Miami also has the third-most cap space in the league and would have no problem extending Wilson for as long as he wanted to stay in Miami. Seattle has reached the playoffs six of the seven years he's been under center. Without Clark, Reed's ability to get to the quarterback would be even more important, and he could get paid like it.

Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, is coming off arguably his best season.

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