Russell Wilson Signs Deal to Become NFL’s Top-Paid Player

Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson (Photo by: Mike Morris | Wiki Commons)

The Seattle Seahawks and their quarterback Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a four-year, $140 million contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL and includes a $65 million signing bonus

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” Wilson said in a video posted to Twitter with his wife Ciara, who added, “Go Hawks!”

“We’re all really pleased that we were able to take the next step to stay together and keep this moving,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “Russ has been a huge factor in everything that has happened, and this allows us to stay on track with continuing to push to find that consistency. Russell is a unique player, a unique competitor. It’s rare the way he’s just so consistently connected to competing and battling. To keep that factor as part of the program is just a real positive for our fans and for everyone. We’re all fortunate to see this happen.

The thirty-year-old Wilson has led the Seahawks to a winning season in each of his seven years with the club and has started in every game of his career. In that stretch, the Seahawks made the playoffs six times, won three division titles, two NFC Championships, and the franchise’s only Superbowl.

For me, for my family and for (agent) Mark (Rodgers), we love Seattle, and it’s the place I want to be,” Wilson said after signing the contract. “I’ve always wanted to be here. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever. This helps solidify that. I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do—we’ve got more Super Bowls to win. I’m excited about that.”

This article originally appeared in the LA Focus


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