Rumors began to swirl about a possible exit strategy if the team had to veer too far off its old strategy of building an elite defense around him, but then the two sides agreed on a four-year deal worth $140 million per season. The deal, which includes a $65 million signing bonus and a no-trade clause, surpasses Aaron Rodgers' deal with the Green Bay Packers.
Russell Wilson signed a huge deal with the Seattle Seahawks last night, despite reports that the two weren't anywhere close to a deal.
Wilson's annual average tops Aaron Rodgers' average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed previous year with the Green Bay Packers. The Super Bowl-winning quarterback and undeniably odd dude commemorated the life event by posting a dark video from bed next to his wife, Ciara. "Go Hawks! But I'ma see ya'll in the morning. Time for ya'll to go to bed".
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.
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However, by paying their quarterback $35 million per year, the Seahawks will also be strapped for cash.
"He is incredible. He inspires me in so many ways", she said of her husband. The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center. Even if he played out 2019 under his current deal, Seattle could have used the franchise tag if needed to keep him under contract through 2020 and 2021 at reasonable prices by QB standards.
The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw recently wrote that Cowboys fans should pay attention to Wilson's deal. Why? This team won one playoff game in Prescott's first three seasons where the Seahawks won six in Wilson's first three. If the Cowboys think life gets easier as their quarterback gains experience, it's nearly like they've forgotten the oldest rule in the book.
Wilson, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, is coming off arguably his best season. He has passed for 25,624 yards with 212 total touchdowns while completing 64.1 percent of his passes.