How Russell Wilson’s record-setting $140M deal impacts Eagles’ QB Carson Wentz

Rex Christensen
April 17, 2019

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a contract extension with Russell Wilson just before Monday's deadline. Wilson gets $70 million fully guaranteed in year one. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for.

At the very last minute, as first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, the two sides finally came to an agreement on a deal that totals $140 million in new money over four years with a $65 million signing bonus.

The new deal makes Wilson a higher paid QB than Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers (who gets around $33.5 million per year and was given a $57.5 million signing bonus).

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". Wilson's message was simple, "Hey, Seattle, we got a deal".

"I'm going to see y'all in the morning".

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Now, the Super Bowl winning quarterback is getting his massive payday, and he deserves every single penny.

Last season, Wilson surpassed his previous career bests with 35 touchdown passes and a 110.9 passer rating. Though the team had made clear that they wanted to work out a new deal with Wilson, tension reportedly mounted as the midnight deadline approached with no clear public signs of progress. And the way I hear it, there are several teams that are in the mix for Frank Clark.

The 5-foot-11 Wilson threw for a career-high 35 touchdowns and matched his career low with seven interceptions. This team won one playoff game in Prescott's first three seasons where the Seahawks won six in Wilson's first three. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, Seattle presented an offer around 11:30 p.m. Monday night. That alone should get him a lifetime pass into the inner sanctum of Seattle sports titans, even if the perception remains that the Seahawks' defense was the real impetus for that Super Bowl title. "Your dedication, consistency, and commitment to the game never wavers".

Wilson's contract has one fewer year than Stafford's, so the annual can expectedly be higher, but it's a significant jump. So, I'm really proud of him and excited for him no matter what.

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