Russell Wilson is now the highest paid player in the NFL
Russell Wilson isn’t going anywhere just yet.
The 30-year-old quarterback has accepted a four-year, $140 million extension deal to remain with the Seattle Seahawks, his agent told the Associated Press — an agreement that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL.
Wilson’s previous $87.6 million, four-year deal — which he signed in 2015 — was set to expire after next season. With the new agreement, he will remain with the Seahawks through the 2023 season.
It comes with a $65 million signing bonus, a $107 million in guaranteed money, and a very important no-trade clause, according to the AP.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the highest paid player in the NFL before Wilson. Rodgers, 35, makes an average annual salary of $33.5 million as part of the $134 million extension he signed last year. Wilson will now make an average of $35 million.
All of this appeared to make Wilson pretty happy. “Hey Seattle. We got a deal,” a smiling Wilson said in a video shared across his social channels early Tuesday morning. “Go Hawks.”
His wife, Ciara, was just as joyful, cozying up next to Wilson in the clip. “Go Hawks!” she cheered, before joking, “Finally we can go to sleep!”
Ciara — who shares daughter Sienna Princess, nearly 2, with Wilson — celebrated more on Twitter, Tuesday morning.
“Soooo proud of my love @DangeRussWilson,” the 33-year-old “1, 2, Step” singer — who is also mom to son Future, 4 — wrote. “So excited Seattle is home! God is so good. The hardest working man I know! You inspire me so much! #GoHawks @Seahawks.”
Wilson has famously never missed a game since joining the Seahawks in 2012 despite knee, ankle and shoulder injuries.
He has helped bring the Seattle team success, including its only Super Bowl title in history (back in 2014).
Said Mark Rodgers, his agent, to the AP: “Russell’s goal and his hope was that he would continue his career with the Seahawks and continue to bring championships to this town. He believes there is still unfinished business and he is looking forward to pursuing that without having to worry about contracts and his future.”