Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has millions more reasons to smile after agreeing to a megabucks contract extension with the only NFL team he’s led. AP
It’s done. And in an only-in-2019 way.
Russell Wilson’s deadline for getting a new, top-of-the-NFL contract from the Seahawks passed with midnight becoming Tuesday morning. About 45 minutes later, the franchise quarterback posted on his social-media account, from bed with his wife Ciara: “Hey, Seattle, we got a deal…Go Hawks.”
The contract is for four years, just as Wilson’s second deal worth $87.6 million with Seattle was that he signed in the summer of 2015. It keeps tied to the Seahawks through 2023. Adam Schefter of ESPN cited a league source saying the new deal gives Wilson $140 million in new money with a $65 million signing bonus. That $35 million per year makes Wilson’s the richest contract in NFL history, as he sought and the Seahawks had planned for all along.
There was no immediate confirmation from the Seahawks of Wilson’s new contract.
Then again, it was 12:44 a.m.
Before his past-midnight bombshell from bed, the franchise quarterback was where he always is on the first day of Seahawks official offseason workouts: with his teammates at their Virginia Mason Athletic Center headquarters in Renton, lifting weights and doing conditioning drills permitted by the NFL in its first phase of offseason drills.
The team confirmed Wilson was present, as expected, with a photo of the winningest quarterback in league history over the first seven seasons of a career within a gallery posted on its website Monday afternoon.
Seahawks teammate Bobby Wagner was congratulating Wilson on Twitter into early Tuesday morning.
How does Wilson’s new money compare to the previous richest contracts in the league?
Last year Matt Ryan got a record $94.5 million guaranteed at signing including a $46.5 million signing bonus in an extension with Atlanta. Then Aaron Rodgers, 35, re-set the market with his four-year deal last summer to remain with Green Bay. It averages $33.5 million per year, with $98.2 million guaranteed. Of that, $57.5 million was his signing bonus and $78.7 million of Rodgers’ money was guaranteed at signing, according details former agent Joel Corry obtained for CBS Sports. Rodgers’ other $19.5 million became guaranteed this spring, applied to his 2020 pay. So that’s $98.2 million guaranteed within the first year for Rodgers.
Wilson is five years younger than Rodgers, with as many Super Bowl rings.
Ryan, 33, got another $5.5 million guaranteed from the Falcons last month, from a contract clause adding to his pay for 2021. So that’s $100 million guaranteed within the first year of signing for Ryan in Atlanta.
Wilson is three years younger than Ryan, who has yet to win a Super Bowl.
Ryan’s $100 million guaranteed within one year of signing was thought to be the baseline for what Wilson was seeking from Seattle in guaranteed cash.
Thing is, Schneider and Carroll have not guaranteed second years of Seahawks extensions at the time of signing.
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