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. He has the highest signing bonus ($65 million) and guaranteed money ($107 million) in league history.
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). No other quarterback tops $30 million per year, which is probably the baseline for any deal Goff signs. Not long after, ESPN and NFL Network reported that the deal will keep Wilson in Seattle through the 2023 season.
After signing his big deal, Wilson and his wife Ciara took to Twitter where they looked pretty happy and cuddled up. "Time for y'all to go to bed", before the two ended the short video.
Carroll said Jody Allen, the chair of the Seahawks following the death of her brother, Paul Allen, last fall, was instrumental in getting the deal finished.
Russell Wilson was just playing a proverbial game of poker.
Russell Wilson is a much richer man as of Tuesday morning.
"Russell's goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town", Rodgers said. Wilson had a strong 2018 season, finishing with his second best completion percentage (65.6) of his National Football League career and his highest passer rating (110.9).
See more on Wilson and Ciara below. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, but the Seahawks were ahead of schedule thanks to their return to a run-first offense and Wilson's exceptional performance when tasked to throw.
The deal ends the debate about Wilson's future with the Seahawks, although there seemed to be little doubt he would remain in Seattle for a while. Seattle has reached the playoffs six of the seven years he's been under center. 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.
Since being drafted by the Hawks in 2012, the five-time Pro Bowler has led the Hawks to a Super Bowl victory during the 2013 season. So, I'm really proud of him and excited for him no matter what.