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  • Seahawks Sign Russell Wilson To 4 Years $140 Million

    Seahawks make Wilson top-paid in NFL

    The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday morning.

    The four-year extension, which was signed and announced on Tuesday, keeps the 30-year-old Wilson with the Seahawks through the 2023 season.

    In addition to topping Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers' contract as the richest ever with a new-money annual average of $35 million per season, Wilson's signing bonus also sets a record. Rodgers was first in both categories at $33.5 million and $57.5 million, respectively, on the extension he signed last summer.

    The deal includes a no-trade clause, a source said.

    Wilson is a five-time Pro Bowler and the quarterback of the only Super Bowl-winning team in Seahawks history.

    Wilson was set to make $17 million in 2019, the final season of the four-year, $87.6 million extension he signed in the summer of 2015. His side had given the Seahawks a deadline of midnight Monday for a new contract and, according to Schefter, did not intend to revisit negotiations this year if there wasn't a deal by that point.

    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. Wilson had fallen all the way to 12th on that list before his latest extension put him at the top.

    Wilson is coming off arguably the best season of his seven-year career. He edged his previous career bests with 35 touchdown passes and a 110.9 passer rating while tying his career low of seven interceptions. Wilson did that on 427 attempts, his fewest since 2013, as the Seahawks operated one of the league's most run-heavy offenses. Only Drew Brees and Patrick Mahomes finished with a better rating than Wilson's 110.9.
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