Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Seahawks sign QB Russell Wilson to $140 million extension

Seahawks sign QB Russell Wilson to $140 million extension

The 30-year-old Wilson had set a midnight deadline for a new deal with Seattle. Instead of calling his bluff, the Seahawks gave him what he asked for.

Wilson's previous contract, the four-year, $87.6 million extension he signed in the summer of 2015, was set to expire after the upcoming season.

And leave it to Wilson to involve his wife, Ciara, and social media in the announcement in the wee hours Tuesday morning.

The Russell Wilson question now takes a dramatic shift. "We got a deal", Ciara, who's snuggled up next to him, adds sleepily, "Go Hawks".

"I'm going to see y'all in the morning", Wilson said on the video.

In the end, that stipulation was waived by Wilson after the Seahawks offered him a boosted signing bonus of $65million to accompany his $35 million per year deal.

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Coach Pete Carroll, also speaking at the end of the season, said a Wilson extension was "very much in our plans". The team held leverage knowing it likely had at least three more seasons with Wilson under center.

The Seahawks' Super Bowl loss the next year, via an ill-fated interception by virtue of an ill-advised play call, always will hang over Wilson. The cost: four years and $140 million with a record $65 million signing bonus. He wanted certainty about his contract before the start of the team's offseason workout program, which began on Monday. Only Dan Marino (220) and Peyton Manning (216) threw more touchdown passes in their first seven seasons than Wilson.

Since entering the league as a third-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft, Wilson has become a proven franchise cornerstone that has taken the team to great heights.

However, by paying their quarterback $35 million per year, the Seahawks will also be strapped for cash. The Dallas Cowboys' Dak Prescott is in line for a new deal, while the Eagles are already working toward signing Carson Wentz to a long-term deal, according to GM Howie Roseman. Your dedication, consistency & commitment to the game never wavers. "Oh yeah, if that's what I've got to do", Russell said.

It's possible we will hear that an agreement actually was reached, or that Wilson and his camp are planning to extend his arbitrary deadline date. "I'm excited about that".

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