“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.
— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019
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:
|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|