Russell Wilson Announces New Seahawks Contract While in Bed with Ciara

Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson Back to the future.  Corky Trewin Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson signed a huge deal with the Seattle Seahawks last night, despite reports that the two weren't anywhere close to a deal.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback just became the highest paid National Football League player after signing a 4-year extension contract worth $140 million late Monday night (April 15). He'll probably command something in the ballpark of $13-14 million annually, and at age 28 he could easily sign a four or five-year deal.

The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw recently wrote that Cowboys fans should pay attention to Wilson's deal. Why?

Wilson's 2015 extension averaged $21.9 million, which at the time made him the second-highest-paid quarterback in terms of annual average below Rodgers at $22 million. He wanted certainty about his contract before the team got into its offseason workout program, which began Monday. He's the franchise quarterback, one play call away from being a Super Bowl champion and someone that the Seahawks, or any team in the league, would not be looking to remove and replace.

Best thing about the deal from coach Pete Carroll's perspective: Keeps alive the best shot to return his team to the Super Bowl and, with the game on the line, completing a 1-yard touchdown pass for the win. There had been some building chatter about his potential departure from the franchise if a new deal wasn't met, but this officially dismisses that possibility altogether. Wilson's new deal runs through the 2023 season and includes a $65 million signing bonus, a no-trade clause and $107 million in guaranteed money. "You believed in me 10 years ago when no one else would", Wilson tweeted early Tuesday morning (April 16) after the announcement. Wilson has led the Seahawks to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons, the only miss coming in 2017 when Seattle finished 9-7. He and the Seahawks agreed to a four-year, $140 million extension.

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With one 15-second video clip posted on social media shortly after midnight and five simple words, Russell Wilson put to rest any questions about his long-term future.

Time will tell how many of these four players will be in a Seahawks uniform going into the next decade. He announced news of an agreement on Instagram.

He's also been extremely durable, never missing a game while playing through significant knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.

As you all know, I said it would be insanely stupid if the Seahawks didn't lock up Wilson for a long time. "I'm excited about that".

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