Seahawks make Russell Wilson highest-paid player in NFL

Wilson tweeted the news early Tuesday morning. The reported deal will keep him in Seattle through 2023.

Seahawks make Russell Wilson highest-paid player in NFL
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) prepares to throw a pass during an NFC wild-card NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.(AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth) (Michael Ainsworth)

Author: Travis Pittman

Published: 1:22 AM PDT April 16, 2019

Updated: 6:54 AM PDT April 16, 2019

Russell Wilson is staying with the Seattle Seahawks with what is reported to be a contract that will make him the highest-paid player in the NFL.

The quarterback, who set midnight Monday as a deadline to reach a long-term deal or he would break off negotiations, tweeted a video of himself with wife, Ciara, at 12:44 a.m. Tuesday.

“Hey Seattle. We got a deal,” Wilson said.

"Go Hawks," Ciara added.

"Go Hawks," Wilson said. "But I'm gonna see y'all in the morning. Time for y'all to go to bed."

ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport report the deal is a four-year extension at $140 million that includes a $65 million signing bonus.

Rapoport said $107 million is guaranteed, plus there is a no-trade clause. This means Wilson, who had one year left on his old deal, is under contract in Seattle through the 2023 season.

Schefter reports that this eclipses Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers for the richest deal in the NFL.

Former Green Bay Packers executive and NFL business insider Andrew Brandt told KING 5 that while the money for Wilson will be “tremendous,” the Seahawks benefit by keeping the structure to the team.

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