Published: Thu, April 18, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Seahawks, QB Wilson agree to record 4-year, $140M deal

Seahawks, QB Wilson agree to record 4-year, $140M deal

He led the Seahawks to victory in Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and narrowly missed winning a second Super Bowl the next year, when his team fell to Tom Brady's New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.

Carson Wentz and Russell Wilson couldn't be any more different when it comes to their styles as signal callers, but they'll be forever linked after the Seahawks star quarterback agreed to a record-setting, four-year, $140 million deal.

Wilson's new deal was going to have to top the extension signed by Rodgers before the start of last season. The Pittsburgh Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger could get a new contract soon, too, as may Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota - depending on how their respective teams (the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans) feel about them.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he and the team have "got a deal" to keep him in Seattle, and multiple reports say it's a record-breaker.

Wilson's wife Ciara also shared her happiness with her Twitter followers, telling them she was: "Soooo proud of y live @DangeRussWilson".

And really, that's as it should be. If the Seahawks can't lock up Wilson to a new deal, the franchise likely will use the franchise tag on the quarterback. Recent rumors linked Wilson to the New York Giants as Eli Manning's replacement and suggested he might demand a trade if he and the Seahawks failed to agree to a long-term contract extension by Monday. We got a deal. He's a five-time Pro Bowler who averages 3,660 yards, 28 touchdown passes and nine interceptions per year, never missing a game in his career.

The important thing here is the Seahawks retain their most valuable asset and have Wilson until he turns 35. Seattle has reached the playoffs six of the seven years he's been under center. Rodgers, 35, makes an average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed a year ago. That said, this was not an easy process. Then again, it's very rare for elite quarterbacks like Newton to actually reach the final year of their contracts - which is part of the reason Wilson had imposed his April 15 deadline.

If the sentiment was indeed the genuine desire if Wilson and his wife, it took pressure off the negotiations to create a new National Football League paradigm. There were plenty of moments over the weekend, and up until late Monday night, when it seemed as though the quest for an agreement was futile.

The deal secures Wilson through 2023 and appears to end speculation that he wanted to play for the Giants.

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