Russell Wilson signs NFL's richest contract with Seattle Seahawks

Apr 17 2019, 12:58 am

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal.”

Those were the words of quarterback Russell Wilson, who announced his new contract with the Seahawks at 12:44 am this morning, while in bed with his wife, recording artist Ciara.

“Finally we can go to sleeeeep,” Ciara added, as husband and wife laughed before the end of the 20-second video.

The happy couple has plenty of reason to smile, as Wilson’s new deal makes him the highest paid player in the NFL.

Wilson reportedly signed a four-year extension worth $140 million with the Seahawks – keeping him in the Emerald City until the end of the 2023 season. The deal includes $107 million in guaranteed money, a $65 million signing bonus, and a no-trade clause.

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The 30-year-old, who led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl win in 2013 and nearly won another in 2014, helped his team return to the playoffs last season after a one-year hiatus. Wilson will make $35 million per season, placing him ahead of fellow quarterbacks Rodgers ($35 million), Matt Ryan ($30 million), Kirk Cousins ($28 million), and Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million).

The new deal will replace Wilson’s current four-year, $87.6 million contract that was set to expire after next season. Wilson had set a midnight deadline to sign a new contract, wanting a deal in place before the start of Seattle’s off-season workout program.

Here’s how Wilson ranks on the list of highest-paid NFL players:

Rank Position Player Average salary
1 Quarterback Russell Wilson $35 million
2 Quarterback Aaron Rodgers $33.5 million
3 Quarterback Matt Ryan $30 million
4 Quarterback Kirk Cousins $28 million
5 Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo $27.5 million
6 Quarterback Matthew Stafford $27 million
7 Quarterback Derek Carr $25 million
8 Quarterback Drew Brees $25 million
9 Quarterback Andrew Luck $24.59 million
10 Quarterback Alex Smith $23.5 million
11 Outside linebacker Khalil Mack $23.5 million
12 Defensive tackle Aaron Donald $22.5 million
13 Quarterback Joe Flacco $22.13 million
14 Quarterback Nick Foles $22 million
15 Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger $21.85 million
16 Quarterback Eli Manning $21 million
17 Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence $21 million
18 Quarterback Philip Rivers $20.81 million
19 Quarterback Cam Newton $20.76 million
20 Outside linebacker Von Miller $19.02 million
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