Russell Wilson Confirms Seahawks Contract; Reportedly Breaks NFL Record

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 14:  Russell Wilson of Seattle Seahawks in action during the NFL International series match between Seattle Seahawks and Oakland Raiders at Wembley Stadium on October 14, 2018 in London, England.  (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks have reportedly agreed to a new contract that will see him become the NFL's highest-paid player.

Adam Schefter of ESPN provided financial details, while Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted there is a no-trade stipulation inserted into the quarterback's deal:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks reached agreement on a 4-year, $140 million in new money extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus, per source. https://t.co/SgsxgNIqli

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

Full details for the #Seahawks and QB Russell Wilson: 4 new years, $140M. $65M to sign. Total guarantee: $107M. A no-trade clause. ... Now, Wilson is under contract for 5 years and $157M. And staying in Seattle.💰💰💰

Wilson confirmed on his Twitter account that he is set to sign an extension:

Russell Wilson @DangeRussWilson

SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks https://t.co/xeWnEnUzmR

"Hey, Seattle, we got a deal," he said. "Go Hawks. But I'ma see y'all in the morning. Time for y'all to go to bed."

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner was pleased with the news:

Bobby Wagner @Bwagz

Congrats @DangeRussWilson ! Well deserved my g🙏🏾🙏🏾

As Brady Henderson of ESPN.com relayed, Wilson had set a midnight deadline on April 15 for any extension, and the video he posted came 45 minutes after that time passed.

Wilson had a year left on his previous deal with the Seahawks, although his representatives reportedly made clear a new contract needed to be agreed to by the deadline. Henderson noted the 30-year-old was set to make $17 million in his final season. That, combined with the reported $140 million extension, gives him the league's highest contract value.

"The deal was apparently finished after four days of negotiations between the Seahawks and Wilson's agent, Mark Rodgers, who arrived at the team's headquarters Friday," the report added.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network noted there was trade interest in the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback from the New York Giants and discussed the potential domino effects Wilson's contract may have for the rest of the Seattle roster:

Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo

The Russell Wilson deal could have a ripple effect on #Seahawks DE Frank Clark. A possible trade there was on hold while the team worked on the Wilson deal. Only so much money to go around. They’ll continue to listen to offers. Stay tuned on that front.

The end of the saga will be a relief to all associated with Seattle, as the quarterback is the face of the franchise.

Wilson has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL since his rookie season in 2012, as his blend of passing and rushing skill makes him difficult to contain. In 2013, he led Seattle to its first Super Bowl, where the team inflicted a 43-8 mauling of the Denver Broncos.

In 2018, the Seahawks made it to the playoffs, only to lose to the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round. In the regular season, Wilson threw a career-best 35 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and he rushed for 376 yards.


The latest in the sports world, emailed daily.